Union Calls for Teacher Certification Exam

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The proposal also calls for making entrance into teacher education programs more competitive. Candidates should be required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, the AFT said, in addition to formal interviews and 10 hours of field experience.

“If you impose that kind of restriction, that means you’re signaling to society at large that not everybody can be a teacher. You’re saying it’s hard to get in. It’s hard to be good,” said Arthur McKee of the National Council on Teacher Quality, which supports the proposal.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, too, commended the proposal, describing it as part of a broader push to raise the bar for teachers and enable schools to predict a teacher’s potential for success in the classroom.

“Too many new teachers enter our schools feeling unprepared. We shouldn’t tolerate that in a profession so important to our country’s future,” he said in a statement.

The union’s executive council will consider whether to approve the report at a February meeting. Other teachers unions including the National Education Association have yet to weigh in on the proposal.


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2 thoughts on “Union Calls for Teacher Certification Exam

  1. upto I looked at the receipt of $5789, I did not believe that my best friend had been truly making money in their spare time from there pretty old laptop.. there friends cousin haz done this for only 15 months and just now cleared the dept on their villa and bourt Buick. this is where I went…. Bit40,ℂOℳ

  2. This is a comment for teachers need a strict certification exam to become teachers; teachers do have an exam to become certified teachers-it’s called the Praxis Exam. In order to become a certified teacher, teachers must pass this exam. It is a rigorous exam! Teachers are already being held accountable for student achievement every year despite circumstances affecting effective teaching beyond their control. I have been an educator for 16 yrs and the politics and obstacles teachers have to endure is frustrating and depressing!

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