By Keith Miles, FAMU Forward
On Thursday, November 21, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) notified Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) College of Education it now ranks number one across the state for elementary education programs in the Elementary/English as a Second Language (ESOL) endorsement and the reading endorsement among its peer groups.
FAMU’s College of Education was also ranked among the top five educator preparation programs in the state.
“Our elementary education program has the highest enrollment of all the education programs we offer,” said Allyson L. Watson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education. “The elementary education team, under the direction of Dr. Mary Newell, works tirelessly to truly support the growth of our future teachers and help them realize their potential.”
According to the performance report prepared by EducationCounsel and presented to the state, programs receive a score for five metrics, including placement and retention rates and teacher evaluation. FAMU’s College of Education received the highest overall rating with a 3.6 summative score.
As also detailed in the report, Florida teacher preparation programs are approved for five-year periods. FDOE then analyzes the annual summative rating scores, along with data and findings collected during a site visit.
“These rankings underscore the impact of the work we do to prepare teachers and educational leaders,” Watson said.
Education Counsel is an education consulting firm that develops and advances evidence-based ideas at the local, state and national levels. Click here to read the full report and learn more about FAMU’s College of Education’s rankings.
Tony, not every child is born here, or their parents may not speak English as their first language, so it’s understandable that there would need to be English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes in elementary. I say this as a former volunteer with Leon Literacy (for the adult side of the house) and it was very encouraging when people would come to my conversational English class, wanting to improve their skills.
“Elementary/English as a Second Language (ESOL) endorsement ” ……………… ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE? Are you fricking kidding me? This is shameful. As long as you are in AMERICA, ENGLISH should ALWAYS be the FIRST LANGUAGE.