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Basic-skills exam for teachers remains despite efforts to scrap it

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, March 23, 2014 Legislative efforts to repeal a controversial test for Minnesota’s aspiring teachers have all but sputtered out this year, but questions linger about whether the exam presents unfair challenges to teachers of color and those whose native language is not English. Legislators who support the test, most of them […]

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Watching something big – Update for March 14, 2014

Two words describe this week at the Capitol: LOUD and ANXIOUS. The halls were overflowing with constituents, visitors, lobbyists and advocates all wanting to hear or be heard. And anxiety has been palpable because everyone is waiting for the House to announce targets*. While this isn’t a funding year, there are certainly unmet needs for […]

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Lawmakers consider scrapping teacher licensure test

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, March 11, 2014 – Before giving their first test in the classroom, new Minnesota teachers face their own exam. One part of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam is known as the “basic skills test.” It’s one of the final hurdles for new teachers heading to the classroom. It measures a teacher […]

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Minnesota House panel considers plan to eliminate teacher skills test

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, February 20, 2014 – Members of the Minnesota House Education Policy Committee got their first look at a task force recommendation to eliminate a college-level skills test that teachers must pass before getting a license. Task force members Christopher Smith, an Augsburg College professor, and Rose Hermodson, of the Minnesota Department of […]

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Minnesota teachers face an unfair test

Kevin Dahle, Star Tribune Commentary, March 11, 2013 – I have been an educator for 29 years. During that time, I have developed and given my fair share of tests. Sometimes I got the test right on the first try, but other times I had to develop multiple exams before finding a fair assessment for my […]

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Sweeping issues, compelling testimony – Update for Feb. 15, 2013

Teacher licensure – MTLE replaces Praxis, but what was the reason? The Praxis, widely used in the nation, is a series of tests that teacher candidates take to assure a state licensing agency that the candidate possesses the basic skills necessary to teach. “All of the content and skills in the three Praxis tests are […]

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