KSU teacher test scores up, still on bottom

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Although 2002 scores measuring the teacher education program at Kentucky State University show significant improvement, the scores are still the lowest among state universities.

KSU's overall pass rate was 52 percent in Praxis II - a national teaching exam which tests future teachers' knowledge of their content areas.

That score is still a distance away from the 2002 overall pass rate for all state universities which is at 94 percent but it is a substantial increase from KSU's 36 percent score that set off warning bells last year with the Education Professional Standards Board.

The board, which oversees teacher training at state universities and has the authority to close education programs, told KSU last year that its Praxis scores needed to be at 50 percent or the university would be at risk of losing the program.

However, Dr. David Herbert, chairman of KSU's Department of Education and director of student teaching, said he is encouraged by the increases KSU has made with its scores.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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