“”Never in a million years would we even come close to teaching some of the topics on this test,””
Maybe, but nice to be more knowledgeable than your students ...
Some teachers chose that profession like it’s a ministry — they really care about the kids. Others, though, choose it because their original major was too tough and they wanted an easy teaching degree.
The practice test.
It’s not THAT hard for someone supposed to be college educated.
Basic HS math at the most.
I just looked at a sample test. I could pass the thing and I suck at math.
If anyone else is curious, there’s a link to the sample test in the story.
Having extensive experience with a university’s Education Department in N.C., mayn, and I mean many, of those student education majors STRUGGLE with the PRAXIS (both parts) having to retake it 2-3+ times to get a passing score, and now this as it relates to Math.....the K12 system is a joke as with arguably most education programs in preparing teachers to be......TEACHERS, not tards!
I am a teacher & this is beyond humiliating.
From the linked article: “The fear is that good teachers could now go to South Carolina and Virginia where the test in question is not administered.”
No, the good teachers will pass the test. The bad teachers will fail and go to SC and VA. BTW, I looked at the typical test questions. Nothing anyone with a high school education couldn’t pass.
Bookmark Math Test.
THEY SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING IF THEY’RE THAT STUPID.
Will tests be retaken in a monitored environment, or can they do this online? If it’s online, the attitude is ‘Don’t Ask, and Please DON’T TELL us that you Cheated!”
Sounds like they need Good Ol’Boy Jethro Bodine to teach ‘em all how to do ciphering.
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It has a lot of stuff like numbers on it.
When kids used to ask me, their teacher, “Why do we have to learn this stuff? We’ll never use it in real life.”
I would respond: “I’m just trying to keep you one jump ahead of the monkeys.”
That retort always got laughs, some buy-in, some would ponder it for days and write it on a card at the end of the term.
Now, I realize — that comment wouldn’t be well-received in some demographic situations.
I taught HS for 30 years. Whenever the subject of certification exams would come up, there would be those who said: “That exam does NOT tell anything about who can teach.”
To that I would say, “Maybe not; but it DOES say a lot about who CAN’T teach, or maybe who shouldn’t.”
"Never in a million years would we even come close to teaching some of the topics on this test," veteran CMS teacher Krista Ricks said.
Heaven forbid that we ask you to be smarter than the kids you are teaching, Krista.
Not trivially simple, but should define a good teacher.
Math teachers should all do well on it, as should science teachers.
English teachers, not so much. But if you had all your elementary school teachers passing this test, you would have a strong K-6 teaching corps.
GOOD on them for making them take it again.
Raise the bar.
Q: 2 + 2 = ?
c) The square root of -144
d) Whatever I want it to be
e) Math is just an oppressive fiction created by the cis-male patriarchy to prevent women from balancing checkbooks.
f) I was a Lesbian Gender Studies major in college so I don’t recognize any of those complicated symbols.
Pick as many answers as you feel are approptiate. See your proctor if you’d like a teddy bear or coloring book.