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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: DECEMBER 12, 2002


Seven of North Carolina's 48 undergraduate teacher education programs received an exemplary rating, the highest possible, on the state's Performance Report on Teacher Education Programs for 2001-02, presented today to the State Board of Education. Two programs were designated as low performing.

The institutions rated as exemplary are Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elon University, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Wilmington and Western Carolina University . Elizabeth City State University and Livingstone College were identified as low performing.

This report rates teacher education programs according to three overall criteria: compliance with state and national accreditation standards, the quality of program completers, and involvement with and service to public schools. Each program received points based on whether it met or exceeded each criterion and scores were totaled to determine which programs were designated Exemplary or Low Performing. Institutions receiving 97 points or fewer (if all information was reported) or receiving less than 70 percent of the points available to them in each category were identified as Low Performing. (The accompanying chart (pdf, 574kb) lists point totals for each institution.)

Overall trends presented in the report showed that the enrollment of undergraduate degree-seeking students is up from 5,940 to 6,371 full-time students and has moved from 496 to 780 part-time students. Institutions reported a 20 percent increase in the number of lateral entry teachers enrolled in one or more classes leading to licensure. The number of lateral entry teachers enrolled has more than doubled from the first IHE Performance Report.

State Board of Education Chairman Phillip J. Kirk Jr. said that the report has now become an important tool to help teacher education programs improve. "This is our report card on how well the teacher education programs in North Carolina are performing. As North Carolina moves forward to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind legislation with its focus on high quality teachers, we especially need our teacher education programs to be as strong as possible."

Preparation of this annual report card requires local colleges and universities to work closely with the Department of Public Instruction to supply data and information about their performance. This partnership is important for the success of teacher education programs and continued efforts to improve student achievement, according to State Superintendent Mike Ward "Every year in North Carolina, local school districts need approximately 10,000 new teachers to replace retirees and others who are leaving the classroom. But, it isn't simply an issue of quantity. It's one of quality, and this report card helps to assure that high standards are addressed."

To read the complete IHE Performance Report, please go to the DPI Web site, and look under In the News. The state summary information is available there, as well as the individual institutions' report and the institutions' numeric score comparison.

For more information, contact, Dr. Kathy Sullivan, director, Division of Human Resource Management, NC DPI, 919.807.3355.

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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.