Date: July 6, 2007
In a recent draft performance report by the Michigan Department of Education, the Andrews School of Education’s Teacher Preparation program was declared exemplary. The program scored sixty-six points out of a possible seventy, based on evaluation in six areas, including passing rate on the Michigan Test for Teachers Certification (MTTC), teaching success rate, and program completion. Also factored in was the diversity of the student population, as well as diversity of certification areas.
Jim Jeffery, dean of the School of Education, sees the test results as recognition of a solid program. "This rating by the Michigan Department of Education shows the tremendous strength of our undergraduate teacher preparation program, said Jeffery. This performance score allows us to hold our heads high among the other 33 teacher preparation institutions in Michigan.
Jeffery also notes that the MDE classification of institutions will be reported to the USDE in the State Title II report in October. This further enhances our reputation as a premier provider of a quality teacher preparation program, said Jeffery.
Lee Davidson, associate professor of teaching and learning, saw the strong test scores as an indication of a positive future for the Teachers Preparation Program. We will continue to strive for excellence in preparing teachers for both Adventist and public schools," Davidson said.
Dean Jeffery says Congratulations are in order for all faculty and staff in [the Department of] Teaching, Learning and Curriculum.