Fullerton Ranks High in CSU Evaluation of Teacher
March 17, 2003 :: No.174
The high marks that graduates of Cal State
Fullerton's teacher credential programs received at elementary
and high schools where they teach helped to boost a systemwide evaluation
of teacher preparedness that was reported this month to the California
State University Board of Trustees.
The trustees met March 11-12 on the campus of Cal
State Fullerton-the university's first outing as host of the
annual spring gathering of trustees and campus presidents on one
of the CSU's 23 campuses.
Cal State Fullerton alumni earned higher marks for
preparedness than did CSU alumni overall in the second annual CSU
Systemwide Evaluation of Teacher Education Programs. Specifically,
93 percent of CSUF graduates were rated prepared to teach math,
and 91 percent prepared to teach reading, by their supervisors in
elementary schools. That represents a leap from 72 and 71 percent,
respectively, from one year earlier.
“We have been pleased with the high quality
of teachers that we've hired from Cal State Fullerton's
teacher education program, as well as their commitment to public
education,” said Sherine Smith, principal of Capistrano Valley
Systemwide, 83 percent of the graduates of CSU teacher
credential programs received high marks from their supervisors for
their level of preparation to teach reading and math in elementary
schools. This level of effectiveness shows improvement from one
year earlier, when 81 percent were evaluated favorably for their
preparation in reading, and 80 percent for math.
Even greater improvements were realized in preparing
high school teachers. Cal State Fullerton graduates were rated 97
percent prepared for teaching in grades 9-12, as compared to 95
percent one year earlier. Systemwide, 90 percent of CSU graduates
teaching in grades 9-12 received high “preparation grades”
from their supervisors, up from 86 percent one year earlier.
“I find it very easy to place graduates from
Cal State Fullerton within the district,” said Donna Perry,
assistant superintendent of the Anaheim Unified High School District.
“The district's collaborative effort with Cal State
Fullerton is one of the strongest in the state of California.”
Other results of the CSU evaluation:
• 92 percent of Fullerton teaching graduates,
89 percent in the CSU overall, know and understand the subjects
of the curriculum, according to their supervisors, up from 84 percent
and 87 percent, respectively, one year ago.
• 90 percent of Fullerton alumni (85 percent
in the CSU) communicate effectively with parents, up from 85 percent
(84 percent, CSU) the year before.
• 84 percent of Fullerton grads (82 percent
in the CSU) manage their classes effectively for instruction, up
from 83 percent a year (81 percent, CSU) a year earlier.
• 93 percent of Fullerton alumni (89 percent
in the CSU) prepared good lesson plans, and 91 percent of those
from Fullerton (83 percent, CSU) used a good “mix” of
teaching strategies - two important aspects of teaching that were
evaluated for the first time this year.
Beyond the preparedness evaluation, Fullerton alumni
weighed in on their choice of program:
“According to the survey responses of our graduates,
92 percent selected Fullerton for its strong reputation for quality,
and 86 percent felt that going to Fullerton would increase their
chances of getting a position,” said L. Y. Mickey Hollis,
acting associate dean, School of Education in the university's
College of Human Development and Community Service.
Initiated by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and
the deans of education, the systemwide evaluation gathered reports
from 2,442 randomly selected teachers and 2,002 supervisors. The
report's margin of error is less than four percent.
“Our reforms in teacher preparation are producing
dividends,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “And
the children in California's public schools are the beneficiaries.
We intend to keep the focus on preparing outstanding teachers. Our
goal is for every graduate of our credential programs to be a top-quality
|Carmen Zuniga Dunlap,
chair and professor of elementary and bilingual education, at
Susan Katsaros, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4854
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