FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE – ANNUAL REPORTING MEASURES

ANNUAL REPORTING MEASURES

CAEP Accreditation Resources 

Five Towns College is committed to graduating excellent Music Educators who are dedicated, proficient, collaborative, reflective and who meet the needs of all learners.

  • The College holds an Absolute Charter issued by the NYS Board of Regents and its programs of study are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
  • The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Its teacher education division is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Five Towns College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

MEASURES OF PROGRAM IMPACT

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 learning and development (component 4.1)

The location of Five Towns provides the unique opportunity for candidates to impact P-12 learning across Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The music education program partners with various school districts across the island which includes culturally rich, ethnically diverse, and economically disparate populations where candidates are able to observe, interact, and teach. These partnerships demonstrate our commitment to serve the education community as well as provide valuable experiences for our pre-service teachers. Candidates serve by providing 25 hours of service to educators in the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) and Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) in both their Sophomore and Junior Years at area events such as Workshops, Festivals, and All-County Concerts. In return, candidates receive the advantage of completing their State-mandated 100 hours of observation, teaching demo-lessons, and student teaching among these same master educators. It is difficult to measure the influence of our program completers on their students since there are at least 127 school districts and even more private schools on the island alone and completers are employed across both counties in public and private schools. Five Towns College is one of only two NASM accredited institutions of higher learning on Long Island. That makes Five Towns uniquely situated to offer music educators the opportunity to earn their Master’s Degree in Music Education without leaving the island.

Measure 2: Indicators of teaching effectiveness (component 4.2)

In the 2018-19 Academic year all of our Music Education graduates passed the K-12 Performing Arts edTPA assessment demonstrating their readiness to enter the teaching field.

Measure 3: Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones. (component 4.3/A 4.1)

Employer satisfaction surveys were sent to the immediate supervisor of all employed program completers from 2014-2017. Employers were asked to rate graduates on nine factors using the following four-point scale: 1) well below teachers with similar experience, 2) somewhat below teachers with similar experience, 3) at about the same level as teachers with similar experience, and 4) exemplary compared to teachers with similar experience. Highlights from the employer survey responses include:

  • 100% of employers found Five Towns College graduates to be “at the same level” or “exemplary” compared to teachers with similar experience in their ability to write effectively; in their oral communication skills; in their understanding of the concepts and subject matter being taught; in the variety of formative and summative assessments they used; and in their use of technology in instruction.
  • A majority of all employers surveyed rated Five Towns College graduates as “exemplary” compared to teachers with similar experience in their oral communication skills; in their understanding of the concepts and subject matter being taught; in their ability to create learning experiences for students; in their ability to create and maintain a positive learning environment; in their use of technology in instruction; and in their ability to work with colleagues and parents.
  • At least 80% of employers found Five Towns College graduates to be “at the same level” or “exemplary” compared to teachers with similar experience on all nine of the factors they were asked to rate.

The employer survey is currently being revised in order to generate more refined data that will aid in the continuous improvement of the Music Education Program. Once the new survey is administered and new data is available, it will be posted here.

Measure 4: Satisfaction of completers (Component 4.4/A4.2)

Program completers from the years 2014-2017 were surveyed to gauge the satisfaction of recent graduates from the Music Education Program. Respondents were asked to rate a number of factors related to how well the program prepared them to become music educators. The following four-point scale was used: 1) not at all prepared, 2) somewhat prepared, 3) adequately prepared, and 4) very well prepared. One question, which asked recent graduates about the overall quality of their fieldwork experiences, was asked using a slightly different 4-point scale, ranging from 1) inadequate to 4) very good. Highlights from the survey responses of program completers include:

  • 100% of program completers gave a positive assessment (“good” or “very good”) of their fieldwork experiences.
  • The majority of program completers chose the highest rating of “very well prepared” when it came to their writing skills; their oral communication skills; critical analysis; research; concepts and structures in the social sciences; knowing various art forms; using learning standards as a teaching guide; their knowledge of methods and materials; their preparation for the diversity of students they teach; providing classroom management; communicating positively with parents; and working with colleagues to become part of the school community.
  • At least 70% of program completers felt they were either “adequately prepared” or “very well prepared” on all factors related to the Music Education Program.

The program completers survey is currently being revised in order to generate more refined data that will aid in the continuous improvement of the Music Education Program. Once the new survey is administered and new data is available, it will be posted here.

MEASURES OF PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Measure 5: Graduation rates (Initial and Advanced)

The college submits updated data to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Information about its Graduation Rates can be found here.

Measure 6: Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II (initial only)

In New York students are required to complete not only the course work for graduation but three additional assessments the Educating All Students test (EAS), the Content Specialty test (CST) and the Educator’s Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) along with completing three Workshops: School Violence Intervention, Child Abuse Identification and Dignity for All Students (DASA). Of the three workshops the DASA workshop is embedded in the course EDU331 School and Society. Therefore, all completers have completed the DASA workshop upon graduation, although it is upon the student to submit the documentation to receive the certificate. The onus is upon candidates to report completion of the School Violence Intervention and Child Abuse Identification Workshops to NYSED.

As can be seen above for 2018-2019 academic year 100% of the Completers took and passed the edTPA with scores well above the pass rate.

It is requisite upon the candidate to sign up and take all state required tests state for certification.

Measure 7: Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared.

Of the 2018-19 graduates who have responded to our inquiries about their post-graduation employment, all but one is either employed in teaching positions or are continuing their studies in graduate school.

Measure 8: Student loan default rates and other consumer information (initial and advanced)

Information regarding financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans maybe be found here.

 

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