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Math Students Maintain Perfect TExES Test Pass Rate

February 07, 2019

For the 22nd straight year, Angelo State University students have maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) teacher certification test for secondary mathematics.

ASU Mathematics - Computer Science BuildingASU Mathematics - Computer Science BuildingFive ASU students took the Mathematics 7-12 TExES in December and passed with an average score of 285 out of 300, which is considerably higher than last year’s state average score of 243.6. Only 68 percent of the 2,218 students who took the exam last year passed on their first attempt.

ASU’s perfect passing rate streak began in 1998, and since then, all 189 of the ASU students who have taken the secondary mathematics exam after completing the ASU mathematics program have passed.

ASU students passing the exam this year to keep the streak alive were:

  • Lance Burns of Bronte
  • Ari Lezovich of Killeen
  • Savino Rivero of Big Lake
  • Paxton Smith of Belton
  • Daniela Suarez of Marble Falls

Dr. Dionne Bailey, professor of mathematics, teaches the capstone course that the students must complete as a final preparation for the TExES.

Dr. Dionne BaileyDr. Dionne Bailey“This long streak demonstrates that the mathematics teacher preparation program here at ASU continues to successfully prepare pre-service mathematics teachers for the state exam,” Bailey said. “As in previous years, these students worked extremely hard in the capstone course.”

This was the fifth year for Bailey to teach the capstone course after taking over from Ellen Moreland, who developed the curriculum and taught the capstone course for the first 17 years of the perfect passing rate streak.

“Ellen developed a curriculum that has proven to prepare our mathematics students for the wide array of questions that span all four years of undergraduate mathematics course work,” Bailey said. “Also, the capstone instructor cannot successfully prepare the students for the state exam without a strong mathematics program and faculty that serve our students well.”

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