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.

 

 

2015 Title II Annual Report: Program Completer Pass Rate Information

As do all public institutions which prepare teacher candidates, SUNY New Paltz participates in the annual Title II reporting process. During this process, students who complete our programs are matched with scores on certification exams by an external third party, and these results are then reported to the state and federal governments. Data for the performance of recent SUNY New Paltz program completers, as reported in the 2015 Title II Annual Report, are displayed below.

An important consideration in this data is that New York State has recently redesigned all of the certification exams for initial certification, with the 2013-14 academic year being the first year for the new exams. Therefore, the data for the 2012-13 academic year shown in the table below are based on completely different certification exams than data for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Academic Year

n

n Passing

Pass Rate

2014-15

292

264

90%

2013-14

276

257

93%

2012-13

255

253

99%

Data Source: 2015 Title II Annual Report (title2.ed.gov)

 

The following table shows the pass rates for program completers on specific certification exams over the last two academic years, with the state average and pass rates provided as benchmarking indices.

 

2014-2015

2013-2014

Exam

n

Average

Pass %

n

Average

Pass %

ALST

176

539

95%

151

537

90%

EAS

212

532

100%

154

534

98%

edTPA

 

 

       

Childhood

72

59

94%

59

55

97%

Early Childhood

15

45

100%

9

50

100%

Adolescence-ELA

19

50

100%

14

49

100%

Adolescence-Foreign Languages

4

42

100%

2

45

100%

Adolescence-Mathematics

15

46

93%

8

48

100%

Adolescence-Science

13

49

100%

9

48

100%

Adolescence-Social Studies

16

44

94%

14

48

100%

Visual Arts

17

48

94%

11

49

91%

TESOL

7

57

100%

1

51

100%

Data Source: 2015 Title II Annual Report (title2.ed.gov)
Scores on ALST and EAS range between 400 and 600, with a passing score being 520. Scores on the Foreign Languages edTPA range between 13 and 65 with a passing score being 35. Scores on the Childhood edTPA range between 18 and 90 with a passing score being 49. Scores on all other edTPA exams range between 15 and 75 with a passing score being 41.

 

Preliminary NYSTCE Exam Scores for AY2015-16

ALST and EAS

The battery of certification exams required for initial certification in New York State begins with two general certification exams: The Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST), and the Educating All Students test (EAS). Based on currently available data, New Paltz students perform better than the state average on both of these exams.

 

Exam

Number of Students

Percent Passing

Inst. Average Score

State Pass Rate

State Average Score

ALST

259

94%

529.3

61%

521.3

EAS

311

98%

529.7

94%

527.2

Data Source: 2015 Title II pass rate files provided by WESTAT

Data Source: Pearson's Education Reports data reporting interface

 

Note: Scores on both exams range between 400 and 600, with a passing score being 520.

 

edTPA

In addition to the ALST and EAS exams, all New York State teacher candidates must complete the edTPA, a performance-based assessment designed to evaluate the candidate’s performance during student teaching or practicum. Since the adoption of the edTPA as a mandatory exam for certification, New Paltz faculty have worked hard to prepare and support our candidates through this rigorous task. As a result of these support initiatives, SUNY New Paltz has not only among the highest edTPA pass rates in the state, but the college also has one of the highest edTPA submission rates in the state.

 

Number of Students

Percent Passing

Inst. Average Score

State Average Score

Early Childhood

15

100%

44.8

43.7

Elementary Education

81

93%

57.4

53.4

English as an Additional Language

7

100%

55.8

49.1

Secondary English

19

100%

47.0

47.6

Secondary History/SS

18

94%

44.0

44.1

Secondary Math

16

94%

44.4

43.4

Secondary Science

14

100%

45.9

44.9

Visual Arts

18

94%

47.9

47.0

World Language

4

100%

39.2

38.3

Data Source: 2015 Title II pass rate files provided by WESTAT

Data Source: Pearson's Education Reports data reporting interface

 

Note: The passing benchmark for most edTPA exams is 41; the exceptions to this are World Languages, which has a passing benchmark of 35, and Elementary Education, for which 49 is passing.

 

Content Specialty Tests (CST)

All New York State teacher candidates must complete a discipline-specific certification exam in addition to the general exams and the edTPA. As the results below indicate, SUNY New Paltz students perform significantly better than the state average on many of these exams.

 

Number of Students

Percent Passing

Inst. Average Score

State Pass Rate

State Average Score

English Language Arts

30

100%

533.5

82%

534.8

Math

24

92%

532.8

66%

525.7

Social Studies

35

97%

244.8

86%

240.8

Spanish

10

100%

255.6

94%

250.5

Visual Arts

18

100%

248.7

92%

234.0

Students with Disabilities

60

98%

549.1

92%

539.1

TESOL

25

96%

257.0

95%

249.4

Literacy

43

99%

550.0

97%

545.2

Data Source: 2015 Title II pass rate files provided by WESTAT

Data Source: Pearson's Education Reports data reporting interface

 

Note: Several of the exams have recently been redesigned, so scores are not exactly comparable between exams. Exams with an average score in the 500’s have a range between 400 and 600, with a passing score being 520. Exams with an average score in the 200’s range between 100 and 300, with a passing score being 220.

 

Multi-Subject Test (MST)

Elementary Education teacher candidates do not have a discipline-specific Content Specialty Test; instead, these candidates must take the Multi-Subject Test (MST), which is three separate exams designed to evaluate candidates’ content knowledge in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Art & Science. Our Elementary Education program prepares candidates for certification to teach children from Birth through sixth grade (B-6), and so our candidates must take the English and Math B-2 exams, the English and Math 1-6 exams, and the Art & Science exam. Additionally, candidates in our Special Education programs, who are prepared to be Special Education Generalists, must pass the 7-12 MST exams (English, Math, and Art & Science). This is a new requirement for New York State certification as of the 2015-2016 Academic Year, and the table below represents the first cohort of candidates to take these exams. Although New Paltz students continue to generally exceed the state average in terms of both pass rate and average scores, faculty at the college are working to devise support structures to raise the overall success rates for these exams, particularly for the math exams.

 

Number of Students

Percent Passing

Inst. Average Score

State Pass Rate

State Average Score

B-2 ELA

43

88%

526.4

74%

531.6

B-2 Math

41

78%

530.0

57%

517.6

1-6 ELA

49

94%

544.2

84%

538.1

1-6 Math

51

86%

540.2

81%

537.3

7-12 ELA

28

96%

542.7

82%

536.2

7-12 Math

26

62%

529.3

56%

522.0

Art & Science

92

100%

564.7

95%

557.3

Data Source: 2015 Title II pass rate files provided by WESTAT

Data Source: Pearson's Education Reports data reporting interface

Note: Scores range between 400 and 600, with a passing score being 520.