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IUP Continues 100 Percent Success in Praxis Testing

IUP has been notified of a continued 100 percent passing rate among its program completers for the Praxis teacher education testing program.

For the past five years, IUP has posted a 100 percent passing rate of its pre-teachers set to begin student teaching. This compares to a statewide passing rate of the Elementary Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment exam of 97 percent.

Praxis testing is used by many states, including Pennsylvania, as part of the teacher licensure and certification process.

“We can all take great pride in IUP’s reputation in the field of teacher education and in our pre-teachers’ 100 percent passing rate for Praxis teacher education testing,” President Tony Atwater said.

“A continued perfect pass rate reflects IUP’s expertise in teacher training and our faculty commitment to exacting and demanding standards.”

“In order to ensure student success on the Praxis, the College of Education and Educational Technology offers a rigorous curriculum, Praxis preparation workshops, and a faculty that is well-equipped to prepare candidates for the exam,” Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology, said.

IUP’s reputation for teacher education is also reflected in its success in securing more than $100,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to help math teachers become more highly qualified.

In October 2009, IUP was notified by Pennsylvania Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak that it is one of five Pennsylvania universities selected to share a $2.6-million federal grant for the project. The grants are being used to encourage more teachers to continue their education, so they will be better equipped in the classroom.

Members of the IUP Education faculty are working with regional school districts to provide on-line learning opportunities to math teachers.

At IUP, funding for this proposal is supporting the development of on-line testing that will identify practicing teachers’ needs in mathematics content and pedagogy.