Record 62 Percent of Candidates Pass Massachusetts Teacher Certification Tests- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
|For Immediate Release|
|Tuesday, February 20, 2001|
Record 62 Percent of Candidates Pass Massachusetts Teacher Certification Tests
Malden - A record 62% of first-time test takers passed all three parts of the Massachusetts Educator Certification tests administered in January.
Of the first-time test takers who took all parts of the certification test, 62.28% passed both the communication and literacy skills (reading and writing) and subject knowledge tests- up from the 41% pass rate for the first test administration in April 1998, and up from the 56% pass rate in October 2000.
The reason for the greater pass rate percentage were the scores on the subject tests, which showed 72% passing, up from 69% in October and 62% in April 1998. Also, the percent who passed writing rose to 79%, up from 75% in October.
The pass rates for three of the subject tests showed particular improvement. Pass rates for first-time test takers on the Early Childhood test improved from 67% (with 193 test takers in October) to 74% (with 198 test takers in January). Also, the pass rate for first-time test takers on the English test rose from 64% (with 153 test takers in October) to 78% (with 160 test takers in January). Another subject test that showed improvement was the Mathematics test where the pass rate for first-time test takers improved from 48% (with 85 test takers in October) to 53% (with 102 test takers in January).
This was the twelfth test administration for prospective educators in Massachusetts. The total number of test takers was 5,306.
Attached is a table of results from the most recent tests compared to the previous and to the first administration in April 1998.
Massachusetts Educator Certification Tests
Test Date: October 28, 2000
|Communication & Literacy Skills Test|| Subject||All Three|
|Subject||Overall(Comm. Lit.and Subject)|
|% pass||% pass||% pass||% pass||% pass|
| January 2001||1st-time||82%|
|April 1998||1st-time only||70%|
(Numbers in parentheses represent total # of examinees in each group)