Title II Report Card and the Oklahoma Teacher Certification Examinations
In October 1998, Congress voiced its concern for the quality of teacher preparation by enacting Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Title II includes accountability measures in the form of reporting requirements for institutions and states regarding teacher preparation and licensing. Section 207 of Title II requires the annual preparation and submission of three reports on teacher preparation and licensing: one from colleges/universities to states, a second from states to the Secretary of Education, and a third for the secretary to give Congress and the public. By law, these reports must be submitted annually. The Oral Roberts University College of Education is required to submit the unit’s report to the State of Oklahoma no later than April each year.
The report consists of the passing and failure rates of students who have completed their teacher preparation program at ORU and have taken the Oklahoma Teacher Certification Examinations.
The teacher preparation program in Oklahoma has become a competency-based program, integrating three knowledge bases: general knowledge, subject matter knowledge, and pedagogy knowledge. The new program design is required by the Oklahoma State Legislature, which in 1995 adopted HB 1549. That law requires that teacher candidates entering the teaching profession receive an initial license only after passing the following certification exams:
• OGET – The Oklahoma General Education Test
• OPTE – The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination
• OSAT – The Oklahoma Subject Area Test
While involved in the teacher preparation program, teacher candidates are also required to assemble a portfolio that demonstrates their pedagogical knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions. In the Oral Roberts University College of Education this is accomplished through the development of electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) utilizing the online company Chalk and Wire.
Mean Total and Subarea Scaled Scores by Examination Aug. 2011 - July 2012