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College of Education and Human Services Student Outcomes Data

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Teacher Education Program Outcomes infographic

The College of Education and Human Services is preparing our students to be effective educators and is responding to the nationwide call for transformational improvements in our colleges of education. The College of Education and Human Services, which has been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1974, engages in periodic reviews and ongoing program evaluations to ensure that our philosophy and practices are current, we adhere to high standards, and we plan for future development. CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) has eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide information on both program outcome and program impact. Data collected through these reviews lead to continuous program refinement in cooperation with our various constituencies including public school personnel, colleagues in liberal arts and sciences, and colleagues in education programs in other institutions of higher education.

Following is the list of the CAEP outcome measures with supporting evidence:

Outcome Measure 1 - Impact on P-12 learning and development

100% of our AY 18 graduates completed the edTPA teacher performance assessment. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. For each handbook field, the placement is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment.

Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students' strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators. edTPA builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning.

Outcome Measure 2 - Indicators of teaching effectiveness

The New Jersey Department of Education collects teacher evaluation data on Rider graduates who were employed and evaluated in a New Jersey Public School. 100% of Rider graduates who were evaluated by their supervisors in the workplace were rated as “Highly Effective” or “Effective”.  This rating is based upon their students’ achievement gains in Language Arts and Math (Student Growth Percentiles), their students meeting the academic goals set for them (Student Growth Outcomes), and multiple classroom observations. In February 2019, NJDOE provided us with data from AY 16 completers who were employed in NJ schools in AY 17.

Outcome Measure 3 - Satisfaction of Employers

Of the Rider University teacher education graduates who were employed in the 2017-2018 academic year, 64% remained employed at the same school and 69% remained employed in the same district in the 2017-2018 academic year.  Overall, 87% of Rider’s teacher education graduates remained employed as a teacher in the state of New Jersey one year after their date of first employment. Employer satisfaction is also high for all Rider University College of Education graduates (initial and advanced).  Averages on our employer survey range from 2.65 to 3.71.  The areas that employers rate Rider graduates low are in the use of data to differentiate instruction but areas of strengths include self-reflection and creating a caring environment conducive to learning.

Employer satisfaction is also high for all Rider University College of Education graduates (initial and advanced).  Averages on our employer survey range from 2.65 to 3.71.  The areas that employers rate Rider graduates low are in the use of data to differentiate instruction but areas of strengths include self-reflection and creating a caring environment conducive to learning. 

Outcome Measure 4 - Satisfaction of Completers

The New Jersey Department of Education surveys completers at the time of licensure. Our completer satisfaction rate is excellent.97% of our completers report to NJDOE that they are likely or very likely to recommend our program to others.

Outcome Measure 5 - Graduation Rates - Initial and Advanced

The 4-year graduation rate is 56%, the 6-year graduation rate is 64%, and the 8-year graduation rate is 65%. 

Outcome Measure 6 - Ability of completers to meet licensing requirements

100% of completers passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests in reading, writing and mathematics.  100% of completers passed the Praxis II exams.  100% of advanced completers passed the Praxis exams. 100% of completers meet licensing requirements.

Outcome Measure 7 - Ability of completers to be hired in positions for which they have prepared

98.3% of Rider’s undergraduate teacher candidates who responded to our employment survey, were employed full- or part-time or were in graduate school within one year of graduating. This information was collected by Rider’s Career Development and Success Center, and the survey response rate was 72%.  86.1% of Rider’s post-baccalaureate teacher candidates who responded to our employment survey, were employed full- or part-time or were in graduate school within one year of graduating. This information was collected by Rider’s Career Development and Success Center, and the survey response rate was 72%.

At the advanced level, across all programs, an average of 97% (range 88% to 100%) of those graduates who responded to our employment survey, were employed full- or part-time within one year of graduating.   Of all Rider University College of Education graduates (initial and advanced), 84% responded that their employment was directly related to their degree of study.

Outcome Measure 8 - Student loan default rates and other consumer information (initial & advanced levels)

The latest student loan default rate reported is 4.6.  Additional consumer information can be found at https://www.rider.edu/about-rider/consumer-information.