Bard MAT Program 2020 Annual Report
As a CAEP-accredited program, Bard MAT is engaged in long-term self-study in the interest of monitoring the program quality and the impact of its graduates. Each spring, Bard MAT reports the results of this self-study to the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition to the detailed report that CAEP receives, Bard is required to provide a “public-facing” summary of results. For clarity, we will organize our summary by impact measure.
- Impact on P-12 student learning and development (Component 4.1)
Summary: In a purposeful sample of Bard MAT graduates, representing a cross-section of disciplines, school demographics, and years in the profession, the average scores of our graduates’ students on state exams were above the state averages.
- Indicators of teaching effectiveness (Component 4.2)
Summary: In the same purposeful sample of Bard MAT graduates, representing a cross-section of disciplines, school demographics, and years in the profession, Bard teachers were consistently rated “effective” and “highly effective” by their employers.
- Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones (Component 4.3)
Summary: Bard MAT again participated in the annual employer survey administered by the Mid Hudson School Study Council. This survey is distributed to 110 school districts in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, including districts where Bard’s candidates teach. Bard is one of the smallest programs in the consortium, and it is the farthest north. In nearly all items surveyed, Bard teachers scored at or above average relative to peer institutions.
- Satisfaction of completers (Component 4.4)
Summary: In April 2020, Bard MAT surveyed its graduates about the relationship between their preparation and their work in education. The ten items on the survey corresponded with the InTASC Standards for Teacher Education, and the survey met CAEP’s standards for data collection per our Quality Assurance System and CAEP’s reaccreditation decision in October 2019. Respondents represented all years of the program and were distributed across all certification areas. 90.7% of the respondents reported that they are currently employed in education, most (82.4%) in public or independent K-12 schools. On each of the ten items, 90% or more of respondents report that they “strongly agree” or “agree” that Bard MAT prepared them for their work as educators.
- Graduation Rates
Bard MAT graduation rates for the most recent three years are:
Enrolled 26 Graduated 17 Rate 65%
Enrolled 19 Graduate 19 Rate 100%
Enrolled 19 Graduate 19 Rate 100%
Note that as we reported last year, the low number in 2017 is largely accounted for by change of status from full to part time.
- Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II
Summary: Consistent with previous years, the majority of MAT candidates scored well above average on the two NYS written exams—the EAS and the CST. Our cohort average total scores and rubric scores on the edTPA results were also above the state averages.
- Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have been prepared
Summary: Of the 14 candidates who sought employment for 2019-20 academic year, 12 report having a full-time position in a school or education-related field. In the Bard MAT Survey of Graduates, 2005 to Present, 90.7% of respondents report that they are currently employed in education.
- Student loan default rates and other consumer information
The student loan default rate for Bard College is 2.7. The college does not provide rates for each program.