Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘Literacy’ test for teachers may be nixed

We can file this under "Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"
State education officials plan to scrap a literacy exam given to prospective teachers and allow certification for some applicants who fail a performance assessment test — moves that critics warned will weaken the pool of candidates.

The state Board of Regents will likely vote early next week on whether to ax the Academic Literacy Skills Test, one of four exams that teacher wannabes have to pass for certification, officials said Monday.

The Regents will also consider changes to one of the other three prerequisite exams for would-be educators, the Teacher Performance Assessment, or edTPA.

Under that proposal, applicants who just barely fail the edTPA could still be certified based on other factors, including teacher recommendations.

Sources said the moves will likely be approved, leading to outcry from those who believe they are important assessment tools.

“It’s alarming because we’ve now abandoned or watered down the teacher evaluation process, and now we’re lowering the bar for entry certification as well,” said Charles Sahm, director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.

The literacy test has been accused of skewing against minorities and being redundant — but Sahm called it an important tool in bringing in qualified candidates.
Yes, you see, it's impossible for blacks and hispanics to rise to the level of Asians and Whites because of all the RACISM!!!

This is a horrific time for minorities.

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