MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE FAIL NORTH CAROLINA MATH EXAM TO BECOME LICENSED TEACHERS

The Daily Caller | 12/19/2018 | Staff
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An education standards commission in North Carolina unanimously voted to phase out a portion of a teaching licensing test as about 2,400 teachers failed the math exam.

The commission voted to replace for-profit Pearson publishing company’s math test with a math exam from Praxis, created by nonprofit test provider Educational Testing Service (ETS). The standards commission consists of educators, administrators and those working in colleges, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

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Those against the Pearson math test say the exam requires middle- and high school-level math skills, often not used when teaching younger kids. Pearson math test supporters, however, believe teachers need to understand higher-level math to prepare those in the lower grade levels, according to the Observer.

The standards commission will share its recommendations with the North Carolina Board of Education (NCBOE) in January. The option to take the Praxis math test instead of Pearson’s could begin as early as February if the guidelines pass with the NCBOE, the Observer reported.

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“We’ve got teachers who are taking that same Pearson (math exam) over and over and over and are not passing, and the cost’s coming out of their pockets at $35,000 a year for a beginning teacher,” Glenda Jones, an assistant superintendent in Cabarrus County Schools and standards commission member, told the Observer.

Sample questions on the Pearson math exam for an educator’s license. Screenshot/Courtesy of Pearson Education, Inc.

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Sample questions on the Pearson math exam for an educator’s license. Screenshot/Courtesy of Pearson Education, Inc.

NCBOE discovered in August nearly 2,400 K-2 and...
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