Struggles seen on new Missouri educator certification exams

4 years 4 months 4 days ago Monday, June 15 2015 Jun 15, 2015 Monday, June 15, 2015 10:33:10 AM CDT June 15, 2015 in News
By: Heather Hollingsworth, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Missouri officials are proposing changes after aspiring teachers struggled on new educator certification exams, particularly those for math and science.

Fifty-five content tests measure readiness to be everything from classroom teachers to superintendents. Newly released data shows that on six of the tests, fewer than half of the test-takers passed.

The proposed changes include giving test-takers more time and fewer questions on some of the exams.

The changes will be discussed Tuesday at a Missouri Board of Education meeting.

Issues arose after the state in September switched certification exams. Instead of taking a teaching test known as Praxis II, students now must fare well on a more rigorous assessment called the Missouri Content Assessment. Through April 12, more than 7,100 of the tests were taken.

 

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