UHV education students perform well on educator certification test

The University of Houston-Victoria has once again recorded one of the best pass rates in the state on exams students take to become certified educators in Texas.

The Texas Education Agency recently notified the UHV Education & Human Development that its students averaged a passing rate of 90 percent on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards. The 90 percent pass rate places UHV in the top 30 percent of the 155 education programs in Texas.

Fred Litton

“We are excited that we have such a high percentage of students passing,” said Fred Litton, dean of the UHV School of Education & Human Development. “It speaks to the quality of our program and the faculty who teach in the program.”

By scoring 80 percent or above overall and in all demographics tracked by the Texas Education Agency, UHV has received a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation.

The most recent status was granted based on student pass rates between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31. The School of Education & Human Development had 148 future educators finish the program during that period.

The pass rates are the cumulative percentage of students who passed the exams in 17 of UHV’s 18 different education certification programs. One program did not have any test takers during the time period. In eight of the programs, every UHV student who took the test passed it.

With so many different areas of education, Litton said the strong pass rate shows the school’s success across the board.

“We are truly a diverse and comprehensive school,” he said. “Whether our students want to teach math, special education or another subject, or want to get involved with educational administration or counseling, they are being prepared to succeed. The exam numbers are a reflection of that.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro