FSW education program tops state rankings

Lee Herald Favicon 16Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education is now ranked at the top of the Florida Department of Education’s 2017 Annual Program Performance Reports for state colleges.

The school is tied for the top spot among state colleges in the report which measures the effectiveness of teacher training programs across Florida. FSW is also tied for third in the overall rankings that combine both state colleges and universities with a score of 3.4 out a possible 4.0.

“What’s unique about these rankings is that they are based on how well our graduates’ students are performing in the classroom,” said Dr. Larry Miller, Dean of the School of Education. “We are most proud that our graduates are showing the most gains with students who are at risk of not succeeding in school.”

The report grades schools on six areas of performance that demonstrate a successful program, such as placing graduates into instructional positions, rate of retention, and overall performance evaluations. The report also gives a bonus for placing graduates into in statewide critical teacher shortage areas, a problem that many Florida superintendents and school boards seek to address.

According to Dr. Joyce Rollins, the coordinator for Elementary Education, the FSW program bolsters these metrics by staying in touch for two years after their students graduate, providing assistance in what are often the most challenging years of teaching.

“We don’t stop sharing ideas when our students graduate,” said Rollins. “We continually provide support and motivation long after our teacher candidates have become teachers. Our field experience is strong and we have some of the best veteran teachers mentoring our students. We have extremely high expectations of our students, and they continually rise to meet and exceed those expectations. These rankings validate all of the efforts that the School of Education faculty and staff put into our program.”

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