All Trevecca education students who took the 2004-2005 Praxis exam passed. In the 9/5/06 Tennessean article that reported these scores, Trevecca was one of eight schools in the group of fifteen Middle-Tennessee colleges and universities that earned a 100% pass rate. This test is given yearly even though reports of the scores are delayed by one year, and persons who want to teach in Tennessee must pass it in order to be licensed to teach in the state.
Fifty-two Trevecca students took the 2004-2005 Praxis exam; they were students from the undergraduate Teacher Education Program and in the Master’s of Teaching Program. Their scores are reported to the Tennessee State Board of Education where they are considered a “measure of the teacher education program at each college and university” (Tennessean article). On the previous Praxis test (2003-2004), Trevecca students had earned a 95.5% pass rate.
Esther Swink, dean of the School of Education, said, “This report is evidence that Trevecca prepares its students well to become good teachers. In addition to the 100% pass rate overall, Trevecca had eight students who received the Recognition of Excellence Award given by Educational Testing Service, a designation given to students who make exceptionally high scores on the tests. We are also very proud of the high pass rate among our students who take the exam for administrator licensure. Trevecca faculty members are outstanding teachers who provide School of Education students rigorous and rich learning experiences.”
The eight Middle-Tennessee schools that had a 100% pass rate are the following: Aquinas, Austin Peay, Cumberland, Lipscomb, Fisk, Martin Methodist, Trevecca, and University of the South.