Boston University School of Education Students Excell in Teacher Preparation Exam

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Boston, MA — Boston University’s School of Education students had among the highest passing rates in the most recently released Massachusetts teacher licensure tests. Dean Douglas Sears said Boston University students placed in the top quartile of Massachusetts test takers with an average passing rate of 93 percent for the academic year 1999-2000. Statewide, the average passing rate was 81 percent.

Of the 236 BU students who took the test, 220 passed all required tests. Of the 13 schools with 100 or more test takers, only Simmons College, with a 96 percent average passing rate, scored higher than BU. Among the 11 remaining schools with 100 or more test takers, scores ranged from a low of 62 percent up to 91 percent.

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure was initiated by the Department of Education as part of its statewide Education Reform Act of 1993. The tests are administered to ensure that each licensed educator has the knowledge and skills necessary to teach in Massachusetts. The program tests candidates seeking initial licensure to teach in Massachusetts’ public schools. Exam takers are tested in communication and literacy skills, as well as subject matter. To become licensed, a candidate must take and pass the reading and writing portions of the Communication and Literacy Skills Test and the appropriate subject matter test for each license sought.

Boston University School of Education, established in 1918, provides students with comprehensive preparation for educational personnel in schools, human service agencies, and government.