|First-Year Teachers From CSUF Perform Above CSU Average
well-regarded teaching program and its faculty are
credited for Fullerton's high marks.
March 17, 2006 :: No. 168
First-year teachers from Cal State Fullerton
perform above the California State University average in
every category in which teachers are rated, according to
the latest systemwide evaluation. The results were announced
at this week's
meetings of the CSU Board of Trustees.
The fifth annual
CSU teacher preparation program evaluation reports how well
the CSU campuses are preparing instructors for teaching elementary,
middle and high school students.
A total of 3,690 randomly
selected first-year teachers, including 378 from Cal State
Fullerton, were evaluated by their supervisors during the
2004-05 academic year. The supervisors assessed the teachers
throughout the year by observing them during instruction
and by discussing teaching practices with them.
teachers who completed teacher preparation programs at Cal
State Fullerton, 87 percent were found to be adequately to
well-prepared to teach reading in grades K-8; while 83 percent
of teachers from the CSU overall achieved this rating. How
first-year teachers fared in other subject areas:
- English (7-12): CSUF-84%, CSU-81%
- Mathematics (K-8): CSUF-84%, CSU-82%
- Mathematics (9-12): CSUF-92%, CSU-85%
- Reading Skills in Content Classes (7-12): CSUF-83%, CSU-74%
The survey also addressed teaching skills. These percentages indicate those found to be adequately to well-prepared to:
- use technology: CSUF-78%, CSU-73%
- use good teaching practices: CSUF-83%, CSU-78%
- assess and reflect upon student work: CSUF-84%, CSU-79%
- teach to diverse populations and to address equity and diversity in the classroom:
- teach English learners: CSUF-83%, CSU-79%
- teach middle grades (4-8): CSUF-77%, CSU-74%
- teach high school (9-12): CSUF-87%, CSU-78%
"Fullerton's strong scores are
a confirmation that accepting only highly qualified candidates
into our teacher preparation programs, having them instructed
by truly exceptional faculty, placing them in the best
schools available and having them student teach with highly
qualified master teachers produces individuals ready to
step successfully into the classroom," said Ashley
Bishop, acting dean of the College
of Education. "Of
course, we can do better and have formed close partnerships
with Southern California school districts to continually
gain the insights necessary to enrich and improve our teacher
Much of the credit
for the university's well-regarded teaching programs can be attributed
to the faculty, noted Carmen Zuniga Dunlap, associate dean of the CSUF College
of Education, which has 66 full-time and 165 part-time faculty members.
very pleased that our students do so well," she said. "We
certainly provide this region with teachers who are prepared."
the 2003-04 academic year, 885 CSUF students completed
the university's preliminary
teaching credential program. Of that figure, 568 students
(64%), also earned their bachelor's degrees at Fullerton.
The rest completed degree programs at other colleges and
universities within and outside the CSU system.
Carmen Zuniga Dunlap, College of Education,
657-278-2554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or email@example.com
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