Our Results

Our Results

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As part of Relay Graduate School of Education’s ongoing institutional assessment practices and commitment to continuous improvement, we regularly gather and review key data related to our academic programs.

The Master's Defense

One of Relay’s hallmarks is our Master’s Defense for graduate students in M.A.T. programs. We are the first graduate school of education to hold our candidates accountable for providing evidence of K-12 student performance. As part of our Master’s Defense, we ask graduate students to set goals for attaining a minimum level of student achievement in two content areas. Examples include:

  • On average, my students will achieve one year’s reading growth as measured by the STEP Literacy Assessment.
  • On average, my fifth-grade students will achieve 70% mastery of the fifth-grade state science standards.
  • On average, my students’ average writing rubric scores will improve one level as measured by a five-point, 6 Traits rubric.

Ambitious Goals

Relay also asks our graduate students to set two more goals that set more ambitious learning outcomes for their students’ academic success. Examples include:

  • At least 80% of my students will meet their student-specific ambitious goals in reading as measured by the STEP Literacy Assessment.
  • On average, my fifth-grade students will achieve 80% mastery of the fifth-grade state science standards.
  • On average, my students’ average writing rubric scores will improve 1.5 levels as measured by a five-point, 6 Traits rubric.

Notable Achievements

Upon review of our class of 2014’s Master’s Defense data, Relay is able to report that 94% of graduate students in our New York M.A.T. programs met or exceeded their minimum learning goals for students and 54% of them met their ambitious goal in at least one content area related to their teaching placement. Specifically:  

  • 30% realized their ambitious goal in all targeted content areas;
  • 24% realized their ambitious goal in one content area and met the minimum learning goal in the other;
  • 40% met their minimum learning goals in all content areas;
  • 5% met their minimum learning goal in one content area, but not the other; and
  • 1% missed their minimum learning goals in both content areas.

Among our 2014 graduates in the Newark M.A.T. programs, 96% of graduate students met or exceeded their minimum learning goals that they set for their students and 42% of them met their ambitious goal in at least one content area related to their teaching placement. Specifically:  

  • 8% realized their ambitious goal in all targeted content areas;
  • 33% realized their ambitious goal in one content area and met the minimum learning goal in the other;
  • 54% met their minimum learning goals in all content areas;
  • 4% met their minimum learning goal in one content area, but not the other; and
  • 0% missed their minimum learning goals in both content areas.

Student and Employer Satisfaction

Finally, as part of regular institutional surveys, Relay assesses our graduate students’ perspectives about the quality of our programs. Across a variety of indicators, 92% of graduates in the class of 2014 reported their agreement with the effectiveness of Relay’s faculty and instruction. Among graduates in the NY M.A.T. programs, 91% reported agreement. Nearly all graduates (99%) in the Newark M.A.T. programs agreed with the effectiveness of Relay’s faculty and instruction.

Similarly, Relay regularly polls the employers of our graduate students to confirm preparedness for their K-12 teaching placements. Across a variety of indicators, 92% of employing school leaders affirmed their satisfaction with the performance of their teachers who were enrolled at Relay.

“Relay views evidence-based assessment as central to effective teaching and learning,” said Mayme Hostetter, Dean of Relay New York.

“Highlights from our assessment data are a celebration of our graduate students’ tireless and purposeful work and a testament to our faculty’s thoughtful support. However, like all effective educators, Relay appreciates that there are always opportunities for improvement, and we will use areas for growth from our assessment data as teachable moments to continually improve our instruction and institution."

Relay will continue to analyze our candidates’ performance data in New York and Newark, as well as our inaugural and future graduates at other campuses.