University of Valley Forge Ranked “Standout Institution”

University of Valley Forge (UVF)

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Recently, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) was recognized as one of nine “standout institutions” by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) for its high first-attempt pass rate of the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT).

This institution was up there with the likes of the University of Pennsylvania, Thiel College, University of Pittsburgh, and Swarthmore College, among others. UVF’s average first-attempt pass rate on the Math, Science, and Health module is 83%, compared with the 62% average across the state. UVF is so proud of its Education students for achieving a high pass rate, and so thankful for its brilliant Education professors for preparing their students to be excellent teachers! For more information on the NCTQ’s analysis, continue reading.

“Currently, policymakers, state education agencies, and teacher prep programs have little insight into when aspiring teachers leave the path into the classroom, largely due to missing or inaccurate data. This makes it hard to identify when and why aspiring teachers exit the pipeline and where to focus efforts and resources to support them.

Here NCTQ shares new data, never before published, on a pivotal point in the pipeline for elementary teachers: when aspiring teachers take licensure tests, one of the final steps before earning a teaching license. Pass rates, or the rate at which teacher candidates pass their licensing tests, serve as a compass, pointing toward strengths and opportunities in preparing teacher candidates.

With this information, states and programs now have the opportunity to look at the data from multiple perspectives. Each lens conveys important insights on the quality of institutions’ preparation, their level of encouragement and support for retaking a failed test, persistence on the part of test-takers, as well as commitment and innovation to overcome educational inequities and inadequate K-12 preparation.

NCTQ is making each state’s data available for download to encourage additional analysis, urging states and institutions to consider stronger data systems that capture this data on an ongoing basis.

More information can be found here at

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