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To receive an initial New York State teaching certificate, candidates are required to achieve a passing score on the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), the elementary or the secondary version of the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W), and on a Content Specialty Test (CST) in the content area of certification.

Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST)

In the past three years, Teachers College candidates demonstrated a 100% pass rate on LAST, with the mean score being more than 50 points above the minimum passing score of 220. The test covers scientific, mathematical, and technological processes; historical awareness; artistic expression and the humanities; communication and research skills; and written analysis and expression. To pass, candidates are asked to demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills, critical thinking and communication skills, and multicultural awareness. 

Year

Test Takers

Passed

Pass Rate

Mean Score

2010-11 178 178 100% 272
2009-10 339 339 100% 272
2008-09 335 335 100% 273

Teaching Skills (ATS-W)

Teachers College candidates consistently demonstrate a 100% pass rate on ATS-W. These tests address student development and learning, instruction and assessment, and the professional environment. Both elementary and secondary versions of the ATS-W consist of multiple-choice test questions and a written essay.

Year

Test Takers

Passed

Pass Rate

Mean Score

2010-11 148 148 100% 274
2009-10 343 343 100% 272
2008-09 343 343 100% 272

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

Teachers College provides preparation in 19 specialty areas. In the past three years, Teachers College candidates in the initial teacher education programs demonstrated a 95%-99% pass rate on the applicable CSTs; candidates in the three advanced teaching programs that require CSTs demonstrated a 100% pass rate.

Year

Test Takers

Passed

Pass Rate

Mean Score

Initial

2010-11 136 131 96% 260
2009-10 390 367 94% 259
2008-09 393 381 97% 257

Advanced

2010-11 8 8 100% 277
2009-10 16 16 100% 273
2008-09 24 24 100% 267

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