States' Teacher-Exam Bar Set Low, Federal Data Show
Passing scores below test-taker average
Teacher-training exams have been subject to many criticisms: that there are too many of them, that their content isn't relevant, and that their costs are objectionable. New data open a further avenue for criticism: They're too easy.
Every state sets the passing score on its teacher-licensing tests below the mean score of the pool of test-takers, according to a federal analysis released recently, suggesting that the exams pose little challenge to many of the individuals taking them.
The data confirm a 2012 Education Week analysis showing similar gaps in...
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