Friday, May 03, 2019

Pasco PDCP Teachers Have Highest Pass Rate on the Most Certification Exams

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 3, 2019) – Pasco County Schools Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP) teachers had the highest pass rate on teacher certification exams in more program areas than any other Florida school district.  Pasco’s pass rate led the state on the following exams:

  • Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 2: Social Science (100% pass rate)
  • Elementary ED K-6 Subtest 3: Science (100% pass rate)
  • English 6-12 Multiple-Choice Section (80% pass rate)
  • English 6-12 Written Performance Section (90% pass rate)

Pasco’s teachers made the list of Top Performers in a total of seven of 20 reported sections of Florida teacher certification exams. Pass rates are
based on first-time testing attempts.

Pasco ranked third and was one of five districts achieving a 100 percent pass rate on Exceptional Student Education K-12, ranked second on the Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 1: Language Arts and Reading (80% pass rate), and ranked sixth on Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 4: Mathematics certification exams (70% pass rate).

Professional Development Certification Programs, or PDCPs, provide educator training for public school instructional staff who are non-education baccalaureate or higher degree holders under Section 1012.56(8), F.S.  Those who successfully complete the PDCP program are awarded a  Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate.

The district’s Human Resources and Educator Quality (HREQ) department offers a multi-year training program that prepares non-education degree holders to successfully transition from a Temporary to Professional Teaching Certificate. .  It includes professional education preparation via online learning and mentor support for newly hired educators with subject area expertise. The program requirements include:

  • Completion of 20 job-embedded tasks that align with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Completion of the 12-week online course: Reading Competency 2.
  • Completion of one of the Classroom Management courses.
  • Success on the the Subject Area, General Knowledge, and Professional Education exams.
  • Working with administration to complete a Professional Education Competence folder.

“This is great news for these teachers and continues the tradition of excellence we’ve come to depend on from our PDCP training staff,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “I’d like to offer my congratulations to each successful educator, and to the HREQ staff that prepared them,” he added.

Click here to see the Florida Department of Education’s Top Performers list.