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Tenn. ranks UT high for teacher prep, ETSU near top for producing special ed teachers

Rick Wagner • Feb 15, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Which Tennessee colleges and universities do the best job of producing public school teachers? Among colleges and universities in East Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Knoxville got the highest possible ranking, a 4 on a scale of 1 to 4, in the just-released 2017 Tennessee Teacher Preparation Report Card from the state Department of Education.

In addition, Johnson City-based East Tennessee State University was the second-highest producer of special education teachers, one of the in-demand areas of teaching the report monitors. And it got a 3 out of 4 overall score.

The report card, released Thursday, ranks 39 schools with an overall performance grade, based on a composite of candidate performance, employment and program impact. UTK was one of seven schools statewide that earned an overall grade of 4. Among five high-demand endorsements, ETSU was second of five largest producers of completers in special education, one of five high-demand endorsements. ETSU produced 147 endorsements, second to the Univeristy of Memphis at 292 and ahead of Austin Peay State University at 126. 

The overall grades were based on three individual grades:

1. Candidate performance or the “provider’s ability to recruit a strong, diverse cohort of candidates and prepare them to teach in the contest areas of greatest need;”

2. Employment or the “provider’s performance in preparing educations to begin and remain teaching in Tennessee public schools;” and 

3. Program impact or the evaluation of “a provider’s completers in Tennessee public school classrooms.”

Following are the East Tennessee schools, their overall grades and their grades on the three areas in the order given above:

— Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City: overall 3, with individual grades of 3, 3 and 3. It had 242 completers.

— ETSU, Johnson City: 3 overall, with individual grades of 2, 2 and 3. It had 611 completers.

— King University, Bristol, Tenn.: 2 overall with individual grades of 1, 2 and 3. It had 83 completers.

— Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate: 2 overall with individual grades of 2, 1 and 2. It had 220 completers.

— Maryville College, Maryville: 2 overall with individual grades of 2, 1 and 3. It had 77 completers.

— Milligan College, Elizabethton: 2 overall with individual grades of 1, 3 and 2. It had 109 completers.

— Tusculum College, Greeneville: 3 overall with individual grades of 1, 3 and 3. It had 278 completers.

— UT-Chattanooga: 2 overall with individual grades of 2, 3 and 2. It had 567 completers.

— UT-Knoxville: 4 overall with individual grades of 3, 4 and 4. It had 584 completers. 

— Western Governors University Tennessee (online only): 2 overall with individual grades of 3, 4 and 1. It had 107 completers.

The full list and background information, including the 2016 scores, is available online at http://teacherprepreportcard.tn.gov/.

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