St. John’s Graduates Earn High Scores in Department of Education Rankings
Affirming the University’s ability to prepare students for excellence after graduation, a recent study by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) found that graduates of The School of Education at St. John’s received high marks in areas critical to the success of young teachers.
“We welcome ratings by the Department of Education and are proud of our graduates who meet or exceed its expectations. The DOE numbers confirm their success built on our many partnerships with schools and their leaders,” said Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., dean of The School of Education. “We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our graduates are able to meet and exceed the challenges of the ever-changing educational landscape.”
The report, which focuses on the quality, distribution, and retention of recent hires who graduated from area colleges, reflects the performance of new teachers from the 12 education programs that supplied the most educators to the DOE during 2008–2012.
St. John’s had the highest percentage of graduates still employed by the NYC DOE three years after hire, as well as the highest number of teachers (91 percent) rated “highly effective” or “effective” as reflected in student growth scores on fourth- through eighth-grade New York State math and English tests.
Graduates of the university also were rated second-best in tenure approval among 2008–2011 hires, and had the lowest percentage of “unsatisfactory” ratings in their first year of teaching. Moreover, the University ranked highly in a U.S. News & World Report study of online courses, placing fifth out of 166 programs evaluated.
In an effort to make graduate courses more accessible, St. John’s recently announced that starting in Fall 2014, graduate students will be able to take select education courses at its Manhattan campus, which is moving to 51 Astor Place in the East Village.
About St. John’s University
Founded in 1870, St. John’s is a Catholic and Vincentian university that prepares students for ethical leadership in today’s global society. The university has three residential New York City campuses (Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan) in addition to campuses in Rome, Italy, and Paris, France; and study abroad locations in Seville, Spain, and around the world.
Students come from 47 states and 116 countries. The university offers more than 100 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in the arts, business, education, law, pharmacy, and the natural and applied sciences. They also benefit from academic service-learning activities, extensive global studies opportunities, and 17 BIG EAST, Division I men’s and women’s athletic teams. #