Teacher Candidate Performance

Western Oregon University’s College of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which has eight annual reporting measures on program impact and outcomes. The following is a snapshot summary of WOU’s performance on these measures.

Data Tables

Details for all annual reporting measures.

(1) Impact on P-12 learning and development

Western Oregon University conducts an Equitable Learning Outcomes (ELO) performance assessment for teacher candidates in all initial licensure programs.

The ELO assessment requires teacher candidates design a unit of instruction, deliver pre- and post- tests to measure student learning, and analyze the results to investigate the degree to which learning gains are made across all types of students.

Overall Learning Gains

Learning Gains Across Demographics

(2) Indicators of teaching effectiveness

This data examines edTPA scores for completers in various initial licensure pathways at Western Oregon University. Western performance is also compared to national average scores to give a benchmark for comparison. Deeper analyses are also conducted as part of our regular systems of continuous improvement including at the task, rubric, and handbook levels.

Teacher candidates complete different edTPA handbooks depending on the content area and grade level for which they are preparing. In Oregon, the passing score for edTPA is 35 for the 15 field rubric handbooks and 42 for the 18 field rubric handbook.

(3) Satisfaction of employers

The data below is collected as a part of the common, statewide employer satisfaction survey administered annually by the Oregon Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Principals that employ a recent graduate of an Oregon education preparation program are asked to rate the new teacher according to items aligned to each of the 10 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards.

Overall Satisfaction

* On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “Poorly prepared as a
first-year teacher” and 10 being “Very well prepared to excel as a first-year teacher”

** On a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 being “Very dissatisfied” and 4 being “Very satisfied”

Satisfaction in Specific Areas

* On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “Completely unprepared” and 10 being “Very well prepared”

(4) Satisfaction of completers

The data below is collected as a part of the common, statewide alumni satisfaction survey administered annually by the Oregon Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Alumni now in their first year of employment in Oregon schools are asked to rate the effectiveness of their preparation according to items aligned to each of the 10 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards.

Overall Satisfaction

* On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “Not at all” and 10 being “Exceptionally well prepared”

Satisfaction in Specific Areas

* On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “Completely unprepared” and 10 being “Very well prepared”

(5) Graduation Rates

Students who apply, are accepted, and complete the teacher licensure program.

(6) Ability of completers to meet certification requirements

Oregon is a 100% completer state and so “completers” are defined by their ability to meet all licensure and certification requirements. For this reason, 100% of completers at Western Oregon University meet certification requirements. We regularly review performance on required licensure examinations, however, as a part of our continuous improvement processes.

(7) Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have been prepared

100% of our graduates are eligible to be hired.

Oregon is a 100% completer state, meaning that all candidates that earn a recommendation for licensure from an Oregon Educator Preparation Program have completed state state licensing examinations appropriate to the credential that they have earned and, therefore, are eligible to be hired in the position for which they have been recommended.

(8) Student loan default rates

Western Oregon University tracks information through the Financial Aid Office, including how Western’s loan default rates compare to the national loan default rate and the average federal loan debt for our graduates.