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UT Martin educator preparation program "meets expectations" in TDOE report


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Education released its 2016 annual reports March 20 evaluating education preparation programs across the state. The University of Tennessee at Martin’s program passed assessment with “meets expectations” in each of four evaluation areas.

“I am very pleased with this data that shows continuous improvement within our Educator Preparation Program,” said Donna Neblett, director of the educator preparation program and its accreditation. “Our administration, faculty, staff and students work tirelessly to ensure we are connected with the most recent standards, best practices and our school district partners.”

Data was compiled to assess candidate recruitment and selection; employment and retention; candidate assessment; and completer effectiveness and impact.

In the area of candidate recruitment and selection, the UT Martin program reported that 99.7 percent of undergraduate students held a grade point average of 2.75 of greater upon admission to the program, and admitted students maintained a class average of 3.41 GPA while in the program. The state threshold only requires a 3.0 average GPA. The program also improved in this category as compared to previous reports by increasing students in high-need endorsement areas from 12.9 percent to 16.2 percent.

With regard to employment and retention, UT Martin program graduates were employed and retained in the education field for at least two years 95 percent of the time, exceeding the state threshold of 85 percent.

When it comes to candidate assessment, UT Martin program completers passed the required pedagogical assessments 95.5 percent of the time, passed the required literary assessment 97.5 percent of the time, and specialty area exams 93.2 percent of the time. The required expectation is 90 percent statewide.

The final area, completer effectiveness and impact, describes the level of performance of UT Martin program graduates as teachers in their own classrooms. Teachers who are UT Martin alumni scored 92 percent in overall effectiveness, exceeding the state threshold of 85 percent.

For more information, contact Neblett at 731-881-7686 or


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