Employer satisfaction

Boise State measures the degree to which employers are satisfied with our programs to prepare education professionals to work with P-12 students. The feedback from the employers of our completers helps inform ongoing improvements to our initial certification and advanced educator preparation programs.

The 2019 Employer Survey was shared with employers of our 2016-2017 graduates. The survey includes 16 questions that are aligned with the four Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) areas. The results have been collapsed into these four InTASC areas: The Learner and Learning, Content and Pedagogical Knowledge, Instructional Practice and Professional Responsibility. The survey items are evaluated on the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FFT) scale: Distinguished, Proficient, Basic and Unsatisfactory.

Results from the 2019 Employer Survey indicate employers evaluate the majority of our completers as “Proficient” or “Distinguished” in the four InTASC areas.

2019 Employer Survey of Initial Completers from 2016-2017, InTASC Categories

This table reports the percentage of responses on the 2019 Employer survey grouped by InTASC categories.
InTASC CategoryUnsatisfactoryBasicProficientDistinguished
The Learner and Learning0%11%73%16%
Content and Pedagogical Knowledge0%5%77%19%
Instructional Practice0%9%69%22%
Professional Responsibility0%5%70%25%

2019 Employer Satisfaction of Initial Programs


The Learner and Learning

  • Distinguished (16%)
  • Proficient (73%)
  • Basic (11%)
  • Unsatisfactory (0%)
Content and pedagogical employer chart

“Maria* loves being in the classroom and truly cares about her students. She knows math can be hard for students so is very patient with them when they need extra instruction.”

-Middle School Principal


Content and Pedagogical Knowledge

  • Distinguished (19%)
  • Proficient (77%)
  • Basic (5%)
  • Unsatisfactory (0%)

“Anne* is a reflective learner and is always looking for adjustments she can make to improve the results for her students. She seeks a variety of learning activities and supports to engage her learners and scaffold their learning in two different languages (Bilingual Program). I have had several parents comment how passionate she is for their child’s learning.”

-Elementary School Principal

Instructional Practice

  • Distinguished (22%)
  • Proficient (69%)
  • Basic (9%)
  • Unsatisfactory (0%)

“Maya* is reflective and looks for ways to meet the varying individual needs of her students. She is willing to try new strategies and seeks input on how to improve.”

-Elementary School Principal


Professional Responsibility

  • Distinguished (25%)
  • Proficient (70%)
  • Basic (5%)
  • Unsatisfactory (0%)

“Keiko* is a highly reflective teacher who is constantly improving on or searching for the effective strategies that will meet her student’s needs. She comes to work everyday prepared to provide the best learning environment for her class and is highly collaborative with her colleagues.”

-Elementary School Principal

*Indicates pseudonym