The University of Houston-Victoria School of Education & Human Development graduates can pass the test to be teachers with flying colors.
The Texas Education Agency recently notified the school that it received a rating of "Accredited" under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation. The accreditation is based on pass rates of students on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards, which graduates must pass to become certified teachers in Texas.
"The best measure of any school is the quality of its graduates," SoEHD Dean John Stansell said. "We are very proud our students have proven themselves to be equal to the high standards set by the TEA."
In order to be accredited, 70 percent of all participants in each of the demographic groups tracked by TEA Hispanic, white, black, other ethnic groups, males and females must pass certification tests the first time. In addition, 80 percent of all graduates must pass the certification within about 18 months of graduating.
The most recent status was granted based on initial student pass rates between Sept.1, 2006, and Dec. 21, 2007.
SoEHD's initial pass rates consistently place it in the top quarter of all education schools in Texas, Stansell said. Graduates have a 99 percent final pass rate. The school has about 900 students enrolled this semester, he noted.