MC sees score increase in annual Educator Preparation Report Card

MC Educator Preparation Program sees score increase in annual Educator Preparation Report Card

Feb. 25, 2019 

The Tennessee Board of Education recently released its annual Educator Preparation Report Card, and Maryville College’s Educator Preparation Program (EPP) improved its overall score, as well as its ranking in the area of “Provider Impact.”

The 2018 Educator Preparation Report Card assessed three performance categories that reflect key priorities in preparing Tennessee educators defined by the State Board: Candidate Profile (candidate diversity and number of candidates pursuing a high need endorsement), Employment (number of students choosing to teach in Tennessee), and Provider Impact (growth scores). 

Of the three scored metrics, Maryville College saw an overall score increase – from 2 to 3 – and a score of 4 in the area of “Provider Impact.” In the area of “Employment,” Maryville College saw a 37.3 percentage point increase from 2017. (Score calculations use the percentage of points earned across all metrics. Category 1 represents the lowest performance, and Category 4 represents the highest performance.)

“In the category of ‘Provider Impact,’ it is extremely affirming to see all measures reporting scores at or above the state average,” said Dr. Rebecca Lucas, associate professor of education at Maryville College. “Cohort members’ classroom observation scores, student growth scores (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS), and scores of overall level of effectiveness indicate that the Maryville College EPP is indeed preparing future educators for the 21st Century classroom. When our candidates and completers are able to positively impact student learning in Tennessee public school classrooms, we consider that a win for the EPP and for Maryville College. It is clear that with the increased ‘Provider Impact’ score of 4, our program is meeting and exceeding the needs of K-12 learners by producing educators who are prepared to teach on day one!”

While all categories are important, metrics for the other two categories assessed – candidate profile and employment – are more difficult to directly influence at the program level, Lucas explained.

“We know that a more diverse pool of candidates will strengthen our mission,” she said. “There are plans in place to identify and support those candidates who want to teach in Tennessee public schools. We also recognize the need for teachers in high-need areas of endorsement. Our positive working relationships with local school partners and our colleagues in high-need areas will ultimately yield desired results.”

“We will examine the outcomes reported in the 2018 report card to identify areas of focus and work diligently with our school’s partners to develop strategies for moving forward to improve in those areas,” Lucas added.

Every year since 2007, the state of Tennessee has published a report card evaluating the progress of educator preparation programs across the state on key state priority areas, according to the State Board of Education website. For the 2016 report card, the State Board led a redesign process that included opportunities for stakeholder input to create a clearer, more detailed picture of the state’s educator preparation efforts. The 2018 report card is the third since the 2016 revisions.

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 2018 semester is 1,154.