UHV School of Education gets passing grade

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Education & Human Development graduates can pass the test to be teachers with flying colors.


The Texas Education Agency recently notified the school that it received a rating of "Accredited" under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation. The accreditation is based on pass rates of students on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards, which graduates must pass to become certified teachers in Texas.


"The best measure of any school is the quality of its graduates," SoEHD Dean John Stansell said. "We are very proud our students have proven themselves to be equal to the high standards set by the TEA."


In order to be accredited, 70 percent of all participants in each of the demographic groups tracked by TEA Hispanic, white, black, other ethnic groups, males and females must pass certification tests the first time. In addition, 80 percent of all graduates must pass the certification within about 18 months of graduating.


The most recent status was granted based on initial student pass rates between Sept.1, 2006, and Dec. 21, 2007.


SoEHD's initial pass rates consistently place it in the top quarter of all education schools in Texas, Stansell said. Graduates have a 99 percent final pass rate. The school has about 900 students enrolled this semester, he noted.

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.

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