MC's teacher training program among the state's most effective, report says

Nov. 20, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Maryville College’s teacher preparation program is among the most effective teacher training programs in Tennessee, according to a report released this month by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

The 2012 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs, which examines results from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and End of Course (EOC) exam scores, shows that students of Maryville College graduates scored especially high in 4th-8th grade math, reading/language, and TCAP composite scores, as well as high school End of Course exam composite scores.

“We are proud of our graduates who come through our program,” said Dr. Terry Simpson, professor of secondary education and chair of the Division of Education at Maryville College.

In 2007, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation requiring that the State Board of Education produce an assessment on the effectiveness of teacher training programs. The report is required by law to include data on each teacher training program’s graduates in three areas: teacher placement and retention rates, Praxis II (teacher certification test) results, and teacher effectiveness based on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores.

Simpson said he is pleased with the results but cautions that the report is just one type of teacher assessment tool.

“The report’s emphasis on assessment focuses not on what teachers teach but on what students learn,” Simpson said. “Our goal is that our graduates will do well in all kinds of assessments, not just a multiple choice test score. We want to help them reach their potential in a variety of ways.”

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.