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Testing the test
3 days ago
New state school board wrestles with future of testing for teacher hopefuls
The basic skills test has proven to be a stumbling block for aspiring teachers of color.
September 14, 2017
Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what?
Education advocates want to have it both ways: they want more teachers of color and to “raise the bar” for the profession with measures that screen out certain groups.
September 12, 2017
New York’s most controversial teacher certification exam is now a little easier to pass
The move could open the door to more teachers of color, who have failed the exam in disproportionate numbers since the state began requiring it in 2014.
September 12, 2017
Certification rules and tests are keeping would-be teachers of color out of America’s classrooms. Here’s how.
Virtually every step in the common teacher certification process risks disproportionately excluding prospective teachers of color.
February 13, 2017
Much-criticized teacher literacy test could be on the chopping block next month
The state’s education policymakers were set vote on eliminating a controversial teacher certification requirement on Monday until their plans were derailed by snow.
October 18, 2016
Tennessee teacher prep programs can do better to ready teachers for Day One, report says
Only a handful of Tennessee’s 40 teacher preparation programs are adequately preparing new teachers to improve student achievement, says a SCORE report.
August 12, 2016
Likely coming to a teacher prep program near you: A harder licensure test
The State Board of Education is considering requiring teachers to pass a new test that assesses video recordings of student teaching.
By the numbers
March 19, 2015
Aspiring teachers struggled on new tests, data show, prompting diversity debate
The new tests are designed to make the profession more selective, but last year's pass rates have reprised concerns about diversity.
June 17, 2014
Report: New York moving quickly to change teacher prep policies
A report released Tuesday praised New York state for moving more quickly than other states toward stricter teacher preparation policies. The report, released by the…
April 29, 2014
Regents extend "safety net" for new teacher certification test after union lobbying
Aspiring New York State teachers won’t have to pass a new, tougher certification test this year or next year, thanks to a Board of Regents vote on Tuesday that came out of last-minute negotiations with the state teachers union. Teacher candidates who fail the exam can still get certified if they pass an easier paper-based exam.
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