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March 2007

Release Date: March 29, 2007

ASU Math Students Stay Perfect on Teacher Certification Test

For the 10th 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.

Seven ASU students took the TExES in February and their average score of 272 out of 300 was well above last year’s state average score of 232. The perfect passing rate streak began in 1998 and since then, all 120 of the ASU students who have taken the exam after completing the mathematics program have passed. The state-wide pass rate for the secondary math TExES was 61 percent in 2004, the latest year for which full results are available.

“It makes me proud,” said Dr. Paul Swets, head of ASU’s Department of Mathematics. “It’s a great reflection on our program, our faculty and the students we get in our department.”

ASU students passing the test this year to keep the streak alive were Alexis Duarte-Valverde, Michelle Ellenburg, Timothy Gillen-Hall, Tina Klepac, Robert Mossman, Jessica Ray and Sarah D. Williams.

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