Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) this month released its first-ever Annual Performance Reports for teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities in the state. The agency reviewed certification programs at 41 different colleges. UMKC was one of nine universities in which all ranked certification programs received the top “Tier 1” ranking. Of those nine, UMKC had the most programs ranked – 14 in all – while none of the other eight had more than seven ranked programs. If the surveys do not produce a high-enough return rate to provide sufficient data, no tier level designation is given for that individual program.
“We were extremely gratified to earn Tier 1 designations for all of our ranked programs,” said Justin Perry, Ph.D., dean of the UMKC School of Education. “This is a testament to the quality of instruction our faculty provides, and the talent and dedication of our students and alumni.”
According to DESE, the Annual Performance Reports are based on five years of reporting by educator preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities. The report also gives the public, particularly parents and students, reliable information about each program’s performance.
The rankings are divided into four performance levels:
- Tier 1 – 90 to 100 percent of the possible points
- Tier 2 – 70 to 89 percent of the possible points
- Tier 3 – 50 to 69 percent of the possible points
- Tier 4 – 49 percent or less of the possible points
Most educator preparation programs in Missouri scored in Tiers 1 or 2, a few scored in Tier 3, and none scored in Tier 4. The programs reported how many candidates passed the certification exam within two tries and the content area grade point average for teacher candidates. The results also include survey results from first-year teachers, new principals and the principals’ supervisors as to the preparation program’s effectiveness.
See the DESE website for the full report.