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For Immediate Release
Friday, May 18, 2001
Contact:Jan O"Keefe

April Teacher Certification Tests Results Released

Malden - The results of the latest round of the Massachusetts Educator Certification Tests have been released, with 61% of first-time test takers passing all three parts of the exam.

Of the first-time test takers who took all parts of the certification test on April 7, 60.5% passed both the communication and literacy skills (reading and writing) and subject knowledge tests, roughly equal to the 62% who passed the January test.

On the Communication and Literacy Skills tests, 67.4% of first-time test takers passed both the Reading and Writing subtests, with 76.7% passing Reading and 78.2% passing Writing. Some 70.9% passed their subject tests.

A few of the subject tests showed improvement from the last test administration in January. Specifically, the number and percentage of passing candidates on the Early Childhood test increased from 198 test takers to 280 test takers, and from 74% passing to 76% passing. For the Social Studies test 133 candidates took the test in April with 71% passing, as compared to 89 candidates in January with 66% passing. The Reading subject test had an increase in test takers from 24 to 62 and an increase in the percent passing from 70% to 87%.

This was the thirteenth test administration for prospective educators in Massachusetts. The total number of test takers was 7,607.

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: April 7, 2001
Communication & Literacy Skills Test SubjectAll Three
ReadingWritingBoth Reading/
Writing
SubjectOverall(Comm. Lit.and Subject)
% pass% pass% pass% pass% pass
April 20011st-time77%
(3506)
78%
(3485)
67%
(3407)
71%
(2979)
61%
(1251)
Re-takers46%
(853)
42%
(1281)
12%
(373)
37%
(990)
0%
(44)
January 20011st-time82%
(2564)
79%
(2541)
71%
(2487)
72%
(1946)
62%
(809)
Re-takers63%(559)46%
(829)
15%
(239)
40%
(661)
20%
(15)
April 19981st-time only71%
(1794)
59%
(1808)
51%
(1794)
62%
(1830)
41%
(1776)

(Numbers in parentheses represent total # of examinees in each group)

The next Massachusetts Educator Certification Tests will be given on June 16, 2001.

For more information on the certification tests visit the Department's website at www.doe.mass.edu/mtel.



Last Updated: May 18, 2001
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