Campus: CSU Fullerton -- March 18, 2005
First-Year Teachers From Cal State Fullerton Perform Above CSU
Average in All Areas
During the 2003-2004 school year, first-year teachers from Cal State Fullerton
performed above the California State University average in most categories in which
teachers are rated. In fact, most of the 1,600 first-year teachers from CSUF are
doing just fine or better, according to survey results released in mid-March.
An annual CSU teacher preparation program evaluation reports on how well the CSU
campuses are preparing instructors for teaching elementary, middle and high school
More than 1,700 school principals, as well as first-year teachers, participated in
the survey to determine the preparedness of the first-year teachers who completed
CSU teacher preparation programs. Each supervisor assessed the preparation of
specific teachers all year, observed them during instruction and discussed teaching
practices with them. In addition, teachers also rated themselves on their preparedness
and abilities (and, in most instances, rated themselves lower than their supervisors
"Overall, we are very pleased with our scores," said Ashley Bishop, dean of Fullerton's
College of Education. "We are one of the major engines driving teacher education in
Orange County, and we have one of the strongest programs in the state. Our recent
data indicates that not only are our students qualified, they often exceed expectations.
In fact, looking carefully at the CSU evaluation data, it is clear that 85 percent
of school site administrators rate Fullerton's first -year teachers as being
adequately to well prepared to assume instructional responsibilities in their schools.
We certainly look to have 100 percent of school principals find our students well
prepared and we will use the evaluation study as a guide to areas needed renewed
"I give a great deal of credit for our strong scores to our faculty who teach in the
College of Education," Bishop continued. "First, faculty members model excellent
instructional practices. Secondly, they know how to motivate and get their students
excited about the subject areas. Finally, we have wonderful working relationships
with our partner schools, that is, schools where our students serve as interns or
Many of these schools have beginning teacher programs that individuals find beneficial
when they begin their teaching careers," he added. "These schools are scattered over
74 school districts in Southern California."
Listed below are the percentage breakdowns from the most recent CSU evaluation. These
figures show the percentages of principals who believe first-year CSUF teachers are
adequately to well prepared in the following topic areas, alongside CSU averages:
Listed below are the percentage breakdowns showing the results of subject area
preparation, as determined by both principals and teachers:
- Teaching multiple subjects (elementary) CSUF-85.1 | CSU-80.4
- Teaching single subjects (secondary education) CSUF-86.9 | CSU-80.7
- Education specialist CSUF-84.9 | CSU-80.8
In addition to topic areas, the survey also focused on skills. The percentages
listed below reflect teachers rated as adequately to well prepared by their
- Reading (K-8) CSUF-88.3 | CSU-83.2
- Mathematics (K-8) CSUF-87.4 | CSU-83.7
- Science (K-8) CSUF-81.2 | CSU-73.7
- History (K-8) CSUF-82.4 | CSU-74.3
"With more than 50 different languages spoken by students in Southern California
schools, being able to work with culturally diverse students must continue to be an
essential instructional priority," Bishop said.
- Know and understand subject area and curriculum CSUF-91 | CSU-89
- Organize and manage class instruction CSUF-87 | CSU-84
- Meet instructional needs of students who are English
language learners CSUF-81 | CSU-76
- Use an effective mix of teaching activities CSUF-89 | CSU-82
- Meet instructional needs of students of diverse cultural backgrounds CSUF-88 | CSU-81
- Meet instructional needs of students with special learning needs CSUF-77 | CSU-72
- Learn students' interests and motivations and teach accordingly CSUF-87 | CSU-82
- Use class time efficiently CSUF-91 | CSU-83
"The current educational focus is on the importance of math, science and literacy,"
he continued. "However, we also want our students to be well-prepared to teach a
rich variety of subjects in a wide variety of instructional settings."
According to Bishop, of the Cal State Fullerton students who received teaching
credentials, 60 percent earned their bachelor's degree at Fullerton, while 12 percent
earned their undergraduate degrees at another CSU campus. The remainder completed
degree programs at campuses other than those in the CSU system.
When they graduate from Cal State Fullerton, 46 percent work in suburban schools;
29 percent work in metropolitan schools; 23 percent work in urban city schools;
and two percent in rural schools.
Ashley Bishop, Dean, College of Education,
(714) 278-3335, email@example.com
Valerie Orleans, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4540,