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Program Quality

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Educator Preparation Provider Performance Reports for 2016 and 2017

The New Jersey Department of Education releases the Educator Preparation Provider Performance Reports to provide data on teacher preparation providers and outcomes. These reports include hiring rates and performance information on newly certified teachers. The information provided on this page is taken from these reports. The full reports can be viewed on the New Jersey Department of Education website.

Information reported here represents completers of Montclair State University’s teacher preparation programs who graduated between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014 and were hired in an NJ public school as of October 15th, 2015; and between September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015 and were hired in an NJ public school as of October 15th 2016. Note: These employment numbers represent only teachers employed in NJ public schools. A completer who is employed in a private school, out-of-state or in a field other than teaching is not included.

Hire Rate

Years Certified Completers Employed
(2 years later)
Montclair State Employed % Statewide Employed %
2013‑2014 500 330 66% 64%
2014‑2015 458 319 70% 65%
  • 500 candidates were certified during the 2013-2014 school year. Of those 66% (330) were employed in 2015-2016 in NJ public schools.
  • In 2014-2015, 458 were certified and 70% (319) were employed in NJ public schools in 2016-2017.
  • Montclair State University completers have higher public schools hire rates than the rest of the state: in 2016-2017, 70% were employed in public schools compared with 65% statewide.

Number of Certifications Obtained and Employment

Number of Certifications Individuals obtaining NJ CEAS Employed as of October 15th, 2016 Employed as teachers (%)
One Certification 375 255 68%
Two Certifications 81 63 78%
Three or More Certifications 2 1 50%
Total 458 319 70%

78% of Montclair State University completers who obtained two certifications in 2014-2015 and 68% of those obtaining one certification were hired in NJ public schools.

Hire Rate for Montclair State University 2014-2015 Completers by Certification Area

Certification Area Employed in NJ public school (%)
Teacher of Spanish 100
Teacher of Earth Science 83
Teacher of Social Studies 81
Teacher of Biological Studies 80
Teacher of Students with Disabilities 78
Teacher of Mathematics 77
Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 75
Teacher of Music 74
Teacher of Art 71
Teacher of English 70

Three of the largest teacher certification programs at Montclair State University have high public schools hire rates for 2016-2017: 78% for Teacher of Students with Disabilities program, 75% of the Elementary School Teacher (Grades K-6) and 70% of Teacher of English program.

The percentages of completers who were employed in NJ public schools a year after their graduation were as follows: Spanish – 100%; Earth Science – 83%; Social Studies – 81%; Biological Science – 80%; Mathematics – 77%; Music – 74%; and Art – 71%.

Program Impact

New Jersey uses multiple measures of performance to evaluate teachers. These include components of student achievement and teacher practice. The charts below summarize this performance data for novice teachers who completed a teacher preparation program at Montclair State University. The data is captured by the New Jersey Department of Education’s evaluation system for New Jersey public school teachers, AchieveNJ.

Teacher Effectiveness is an overall evaluation score based on the Teacher Practice score, the Student Growth Objectives score and the Student Growth Percentiles score. All New Jersey teachers earn one of four ratings: Highly Effective, Effective, Partially Effective or Ineffective. To maintain tenure, all teachers (regardless of hire date) have to continue to earn a rating of Effective or Highly Effective.

Teacher Effectiveness chart

In 2017, 96% of all evaluated novice New Jersey public school teachers who graduated from Montclair State University were evaluated as “Effective” or “Highly Effective”.

No teacher received “Ineffective” and only 2.9% in 2016 and 4% in 2017 were considered “Partially Effective”.

Student Growth Objectives

Student Growth Objective is one of the two evaluated measures for Student Achievement. Teachers set Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) for their students at the start of the year and are assessed on whether those objectives are met at the end of the year. SGOs are academic goals for groups of students that each teacher sets with his or her principal and count for 15% of a teacher’s overall evaluation.

SGO Score chart

In 2017, 72.2% of all novice teachers received between 3.5 and 4.0 for their Student Growth Objectives accomplishment.

Student Growth Percentiles

Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) measure student achievement gains within 4th-8th grade Language Arts and 4th-7th grade math classes. Using state standardized assessments, the SGPs compare the change in an individual student’s achievement from one year to the next to that of all other students in the state who had similar historical results. For teachers of tested grades and subjects, the median of their students’ change in achievement, or mSGP, counts for 30% of the overall evaluation rating.

mSGP Score chart
  • In 2017, 24 novice teachers were evaluated on the SGP scale: 12.5% received between 3.5 and 4.0, 70.8% between 2.65 and 3.49, and 16.7% between 1.85 and 2.64. No new teacher was positioned in the lowest score range (1.0 to 1.84).

Teacher Practice

Teacher Practice is measured by performance on a state-approved teacher practice instrument (e.g., Danielson, Marzano, etc.), which is used to gather evidence primarily through classroom observations. Tenured teachers have at least two required observations each year.

Teacher Practice Score chart
  • In 2017, 13.1% of Montclair State University graduate novice teachers received between 2.65 and 3.49 and 78% received between 3.5 and 4.0. No teacher received the lowest score (1 to 1.84).