July 28, 2017

Webster School of Education ranks among highest in state

Webster University’s School of Education has been certified as performing at the highest level, with all of its programs ranking at “Tier One” according to a state assessment.

“Webster has always prided itself on strong education programs. It is nice to see these reports confirm this,” professor DJ Kaiser, director of Assessment and Accreditation in the School of Education said. “The APR concluded that our seven most popular education programs for initial certification received the highest marks possible from the state.”

This is the first year that Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has used the performance metric, which determines the efficacy of Missouri college’s education program based on the performance of graduate who now teach in Missouri schools. DESE interviewed 15,000 teachers and reviewed other performance indicators to make their assessments.

The programs were ranked on a scale of four “tiers”; the highest tier requires 90 to 100 percent of working teachers to be performing above expectations.

Seven of Webster’s education programs had enough teachers working in Missouri to be assessed. All were scored in Tier One.

Brenda Fyfe, dean of the School of Education, attributed Webster’s success to the school’s emphasis on interactivity and real-world experience over classroom lectures.

“Our faculty and the curriculum they have developed is truly among the best in the state, and I think that’s reflected in our high scores in this report,” Fyfe said.

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