Students maintain 100 percent passing rate on mathematics exam
Sixteenth year of success
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 17:02
ASU continues the long-running legacy of its students passing the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for the 16th year in a row; this streak has endured since 1998, with every student maintaining a passing score. The success of the TExES test marks certification for education majors.
This year especially was one for celebration as the average score of the students, 279 of 300 possible points, proved to be the highest average in the history of the ASU class.
Mathematics professor Ellen Moreland heads the capstone course that secures the completion of passing the TExES, and has done so for every year since the introduction into the university.
“It’s a very hard course,” Moreland remarks. “Our students are very dedicated, very hard-working. You have to really put your mind to it in order to pass it, which is why we here at Angelo State are very proud of our students and the hours they put in.”
Senior Emily Booth, one of the eight students that passed the TExES this year, has said that the course, and ultimately the test, was understandably difficult. A strong sense of camaraderie was formed between the students.
“We bonded with each other because there were so few of us in the class,” Booth said. “We studied together and would help each other often.”
Students and teacher alike bonded equally due to the small number of people in the class.
“I definitely bonded with the students, too, as well as they did with each other,” Moreland said. This team-effort method of carrying on the course has ensured the success of all enrolled.
Angelo State University requires that students who pass the TExES take the PPR, the professional development test, and the next step in becoming certified to teach.
The students who passed this year include Eloy Acevedo, Laura Aguilar, Emily Booth, Lauren Couch, Debra Ohl, Lacy Osborne, Aaron Perkins and Katy Williams.