YOUNGSTOWN - Youngs-town State University recorded a 100 percent passing rate on educator licensure exams.
YSU's Beeghly College of Education received high marks on the first Ohio Educator Preparation Performance Report, which includes performance data from 13 public and 38 private Ohio institutions that prepare teachers and principals.
Dean Charles Howell attributed YSU's high marks to the high number of required field and clinical hours - 635 hours and 932 hours, respectively - and the intensive student teaching experience, including 14 weeks of full-time work in classrooms.
He also cited a strong academic background of students in Beeghly College, with a mean high school grade-point average of 3.4 for program completers and a mean college GPA of 3.5 on entry to the program.
"This report is further evidence of the sound teaching and rigorous, well-supported clinical experiences that we provide our students. Our graduates are prepared to pass the required license exams, enter the classroom and make an impact on their students," Howell said.
"This achievement is particularly noteworthy in light of the high need-levels in which these teachers are working,'' he said.
Of the YSU graduates evaluated in the performance report, 40 percent teach in high and medium-high minority schools and 80 percent teach in high and medium-high poverty schools.
Howell said one of the ways YSU prepares graduates to encounter diversity in high-needs schools involves two-semester field placements with area school districts, including Austintown, Campbell and Youngstown.