School of Education

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations - Title II

We are proud of our high pass rates, which significantly exceed New York State Education Department Requirements for certification. Our goal is to produce excellent educators who engage in ongoing inquiry and intellectual work and are committed to the highest standards of professionalism, democratic citizenship, quality and high achievement in a context that affirms human diversity. One measure of our success in achieving this goal is the performance of our students on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. We are continuously engaged in efforts to improve our programs in order to improve teaching and learning for all children. Although most of our graduates remain in New York for their careers, graduates of SUNY New Paltz are teaching across the globe. Knowing this reinforces our commitments to excellence, diversity and continuous improvement of our work in educating teachers for the future.

 

Annual Institution Report - Preliminary

Program Year: 2013-2014
Institution: 755 - SUC New Paltz

NYSTCE

                         

 

Discontinued Tests - LAST and ATS-W

Prior to Spring 2014, two common standardized assessments were mandatory for initial teacher certification: the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written test (ATS-W), the latter of which was different for Elementary Education candidates and Secondary Education candidates. Scores on these assessments range from 100 to 300, with a passing score of 220.

 

# Taking Test

# Passing

New Paltz Average Score

State Average Score

New Paltz Pass Rate

State Pass Rate

LAST 40 40 267.4 251.5 100% 87%
Elementary ATS-W 43 43 267.8 264.1 100% 97%
Secondary ATS-W 38 37 264.0 267.1 97% 98%

 

New State Tests - ALST and EAS

Beginning in Spring 2014, the LAST and ATS-W were discontinued as mandatory assessments for initial teacher certification. In their place, two new tests, the Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST) and the Educating All Students test (EAS) were implemented. New Paltz students passed these assessments at a higher rate than the state average, though faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that these pass rates increase in the coming years. Scores on these assessments range from 400 to 600, with a passing score of 520.

 

# Taking Test

# Passing

New Paltz Average Score

State Average Score

New Paltz Pass Rate

State Pass Rate

ALST                     224 175 534.5 526.0 78% 68%
EAS 239 192 531.3 529.8 80% 78%

 

edTPA

Beginning in Spring 2014, New York State implemented the edTPA as a mandatory assessment for initial teacher certification, and New Paltz faculty and staff worked hard to help prepare our candidates for this rigorous assessment. The support provided to our candidates led to not only some of the highest passing rates in the state, but also some of the highest submission rates; more than 90% of our candidates submitted their edTPA during the student teaching semester in Spring 2014. Passing scores for the edTPA differ depending on content area; for most content areas, a passing score is 41 or higher, but for Elementary Education, a passing score is 49 or higher, and for Foreign Languages it is 35 or higher. Note that New York State has not yet published state pass-rates for the edTPA, but this information will be updated as soon as that information becomes available.

 

# Taking Test

# Passing

New Paltz Average Score

State Average Score

New Paltz Pass Rate

Early Childhood 9 9 49.5 43.1 100%
Elementary Education 71 56 52.7 52.7 78%
Secondary English 15 12 46.9 46.1 80%
Secondary Foreign Languages 2 2 45.0 39.9 100%
Secondary Mathematics 13 9 44.0 44.7 69%
Secondary Science 11 9 46.3 44.9 82%
Secondary Social Studies 14 14 47.6 44.8 100%
Visual Arts Education 11 10 48.9 45.8 91%
Total: 146 121 47.05 44.90 83%

Note: The New Paltz Average Score in the table above does not include Elementary Education or Foreign Languages, due to the scale score difference; rather, this value is a weighted average for the remaining content areas.