For Immediate Release
July 27, 2006

UTB/TSC Student Teachers Increase Passing Rates on TExES Test 

The passing rate for UTB/TSC education students taking the teachers certification test has increased to 97 percent, an apparent indication that the School of Education is producing quality teachers for the school districts.  

It’s the third year in a row that UTB/TSC has received such impressive results from the performance of students on the State required teacher certification tests (TExES).  “I was hopeful that the passing rate would increase over last year. I expected the passing rate to be at least as high as the previous year. I know that we continued to work with the students to make sure they are prepared for the examinations in the various areas of teacher certification,” said Dr. Carl Stockton, Dean of the School of Education.

Stockton said the test scores have continued to rise over the past four years.  In 2003 the passing rate was 90 percent; 2004, 92 percent; 2005, 95 percent and 2006, 97 percent. 

“The increase in passing rates over the past four years speaks to the fact that UTB/TSC and the School of Education are producing quality teachers for the school districts. What this indicates is the fact that we continue to grow with quality. I know that I can speak for the faculty in that we are proud of all our students,” Stockton said. 

The dean also gives credit to the other colleges and schools that have worked with the education students. He has been impressed with UTB/TSC’s ability to bring out the best in its students, many of whom start their college careers in need of at least one developmental course.   

Stockton also commended the students for their hard work and dedication to reach their goal of becoming a teacher. 

“Many of our students are first time college students who have to support themselves and their families while going to school at night.  I believe our students are role models for others across the country,” Stockton said.    

The number of graduates per year has grown dramatically from 128 in 2001-2002 to 261 in 2005-2006, which is a 104 percent increase, Stockton reported. Even as more students graduate, the number of semester credit hours also continues to increase.  

“I know that the faculty mentor and challenge our students to work hard and maintain high standards. Achieving the 97 percent passing rate is really a team effort,” Stockton said.