USD education students among nation's best The University of South Dakota School of Education's students are among the best in the nation, according to the results of a national assessment.
The No Child Left Behind Act brought new requirements that all teachers be tested on their content knowledge and knowledge of teaching methods. To test this knowledge, a national assessment called the Praxis is used.
There were 31 total elementary student teachers at USD in the fall of 2003. Twelve of the 31 scored in the top 15 percent of all test takers in the nation who took these assessments in the last five years in either the pedagogy (teaching methods) or the content test for elementary education.
Three of the students scored in the top 15 percent in both of the areas. The students' excellence in performance shows the quality of the students' preparation in teacher education as well as their preparation in Arts and Sciences.
"I couldn't be prouder of these students," said Hank Rubin, joint dean of education at the USD and SDSU. "They�give�all of us in South Dakota�reason to be proud. Of the thousands of students across the nation preparing to enter into the teaching profession, these students showed themselves to be at the top of the list.
"Look closely at the numbers: more than one-third of the USD students who sat for the test performed in the top 15 percent in the United States. But we shouldn't be surprised. We know in South Dakota that we attract very good students and produce exceptional educators," he said.
The following students have received national recognition for their excellence in performance on either the Praxis II-Principles of Learning and Teaching Test K-6 or the Praxis II-Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Test. From Iowa are Cortney Kuhlmann of Charter Oak and Cindy Koch of Kingsley.
Students from South Dakota include Anne Bosanko of Aberdeen, Katie Kirby of Aurora, Kylie Knutson of Centerville, Nicole Harkness of Elk Point, Melanie Wipf of Huron, Angela Bierman of Mansfield, Amy Hintz of Mobridge, Tanya Hohn of Sioux Falls, Ashley Fletcher of Wentworth and Brenda Bandt of Yankton.