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Teacher licensure audit makes recommendations, but does not address basic skills testing of teacher candidates

The legislative auditor’s report suggested a major overhaul to teacher licensure in Minnesota. Their recommendation, which garnered support from MDE and the Board of Teaching this week, was to created a tiered system of licensure. However, the report did not assess two critical aspects of licensure: basic schools tests and licensure categories. Mistilina Sato, Associate Professor of Teacher […]

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Office of the Legislative Auditor says MN teacher licensure system is “broken”

Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor released a report today that “found that teacher licensure laws are complex, unclear, and confusing.” The report highlights how “accountability is diffuse” and “decision making is not always transparent” between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Board of Teaching (BOT). The report contains 14 recommendations and responses […]

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Minnesota legislative session: New hopes for bipartisanship

Christopher Magan and Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, January 3, 2015   The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as seen from behind, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff) Republicans and Democrats agree on the big issues Minnesotans want addressed when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday, but true bipartisanship is as much […]

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Event reveals disconnect between diversity goals and Minnesota’s teaching license policy

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, October 14, 2014 Historically Black Colleges and Universities graduate half the country’s African American teachers, but those graduates can’t get licenses to teach in Minnesota, where the teacher corps is 94 percent white. At the end of a presentation on Historically Black Colleges and Universities given by Dr. Ivory Toldson in St. Paul last week, […]

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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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Minnesota Legislature: Bill seeks to repeal year-old teacher skills exam

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, February 19, 2013 – Thousands of Minnesota teachers are tested each year on their reading, writing and math skills before they get their license to teach. But two lawmakers want to scrap the exams, arguing language barriers, cultural bias and lack of accommodations for those with learning disabilities are keeping good teachers […]

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Minnesota teachers start to sweat the big test

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, March 31, 2012 – They say time frame is rushed and could cause staffing shortages. Minnesota educators are asking lawmakers to postpone a new state requirement for new teachers to pass a college-level reading, writing and math exam before they can work in public schools. Signed by Gov. Mark Dayton in […]

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Like never before, teachers under scrutiny

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, March 25, 2012 – From evaluations to seniority changes to basic-skills tests, educators face unprecedented pressure to measure up. Sarah Johnson’s work begins long before the school bell rings. First up is a meeting with a fellow teacher to talk about how a lesson was paced. Did you finish before the […]

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