Published Online: November 10, 2015
Published in Print: November 11, 2015, as N.J. Toughens Requirements for Teacher Certification

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N.J. Toughens Requirements for Teacher Certification

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New Jersey's state education board has changed requirements for teachers to be certified to include a full year of student teaching and going through a state evaluation system.

Education Commissioner David Hespe says that recent statewide test results—in which fewer than half of New Jersey's public high school juniors were deemed college-ready—were a "call to action" to increase teacher preparedness.

Among the changes are requiring teacher-candidates to be exposed to multiple types of classrooms, including at least one with students with disabilities. Teachers will also have to complete a performance assessment.

Vol. 35, Issue 12, Page 5

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