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SOE Students Excel on Teacher Certification Exam

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Ninety-five percent of Hofstra University School of Education (SOE) students who have taken the edTPA thus far this fall have passed, placing Hofstra well above the statewide average of 81 percent. And nearly two-thirds of Hofstra’s aspiring teachers achieved mastery status – the highest level attainable — this semester. The edTPA is a performance-based portfolio assessment that all New York State teacher certification candidates must pass in order to become teachers in subject-specific areas.

“The high pass rate is the result of very hard work on the part of the students along with the insight, guidance and support provided to them by the Hofstra School of Education faculty, our student teaching supervisors, and the classroom cooperating teachers our students work with through their student teaching experiences,” said Stephen J. Hernandez, EdD, Associate Dean for Grants and Teacher Performance Assessment.

Hofstra has achieved an aggregate pass rate of 90 percent since the New York State Education Department and Board of Regents adopted the edTPA in fall 2013, when the assessment first rolled out.
Since the edTPA was adopted, Hofstra has systematically made changes in course work and field placement procedures to align syllabi and practice with assessment requirements. SOE also provides extensive professional development for professors, instructors and field supervisors. Students participate in a full-day edTPA orientation session prior to the beginning of student teaching, two portfolio days during student teaching, and they have unlimited access to course professors and field supervisors throughout the semester.

During their student-teaching experiences, students must build an edTPA portfolio that demonstrates the ability to plan effectively, teach a three- to five-lesson sequence, and assess instruction and learning results in order to guide future teaching. Video clips of the lessons taught must be included in the portfolio as evidence of competence.

“Our excellent edTPA results have positioned Hofstra as one of the premier teacher training institutions in the region and in New York State,” said John R. Lewis, Associate Dean for External Relations, Field Placement and Recruitment. “As hiring of teachers picks up in the New York metropolitan area, these successes will likely draw more students into our high-quality programs.”

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