Certification & Licensing

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Reading & Literacy Most States Fail to Measure Teachers' Knowledge of the 'Science of Reading,' Report Says
The majority of states don’t evaluate whether prospective teachers know how to teach reading effectively, a new analysis finds.
Sarah Schwartz, March 23, 2021
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Teacher Preparation Georgia Eliminates the edTPA Requirement for Teacher Candidates
"It has become clear over time that [the edTPA] caused unintended barriers and burdens for teachers entering the profession," Georgia's state superintendent said.
Madeline Will, June 12, 2020
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Teaching Profession Teacher-Candidates Will Be Able to Take the Praxis Certification Test at Home
States and testing vendors are trying to find solutions for teacher-candidates to get certified in order to prevent a disruption to the teacher pipeline.
Madeline Will, April 15, 2020
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Teacher Preparation Teachers in These States Have to Pass a Rigorous Test on 'Science of Reading'
As the importance of good reading instruction attracts new attention, data show that only 19 states require aspiring teachers to pass a test that shows they've mastered research-based methods for teaching children to read.
Catherine Gewertz, March 3, 2020
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Curriculum Tennessee Seeks New Teacher, Principal Requirements in 'Science of Reading'
The Tennessee department of education is proposing unsually comprehensive legislation that will require all current and new K-3 teachers, and those who train them, to know evidence-based reading instruction.
Catherine Gewertz, February 3, 2020
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Teaching Profession What Should Teachers Need to Do to Transfer Their License to a New State?
Just 16 states require incoming teachers to provide evidence of successful prior job performance, a National Council on Teacher Quality analysis found.
Madeline Will, December 18, 2019
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Teacher Preparation Researchers: Stop Using EdTPA Scores in Teacher-Certification Decisions
A new study argues that the performance-based teacher licensing test edTPA does not always yield reliable results and that the scores are misleading.
Madeline Will, December 10, 2019
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Teacher Preparation Opinion We All Pay the Price for Bad Teacher Prep
Who's holding the teacher-preparation industry accountable? NCTQ president Kate Walsh calls for better data.
Kate Walsh, August 22, 2019
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Teacher Preparation Indiana Wants Teachers to Do Externships. So Some Are Headed to the Brewery
Teachers across the state are outraged over a new rule that requires 15 hours of workforce-related professional development.
Madeline Will, May 20, 2019
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Teaching Profession You're More Likely to Pass the Bar Than an Elementary Teacher Licensing Exam
More than half of aspiring elementary teachers fail the Praxis exam the first time, according to an analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Madeline Will, March 5, 2019
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School & District Management You're More Likely to Pass the Bar Than an Elementary Teacher Licensing Exam
More than half of aspiring elementary teachers fail the Praxis exam the first time, according to an analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Madeline Will, February 26, 2019
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Teacher Preparation What the Trump School Safety Report Says About Teachers
The Federal Commission on School Safety, which was led by Betsy DeVos, recommends changes to teacher-certification requirements.
Madeline Will, December 18, 2018
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Teaching Opinion Reflecting on National Board Certification Through the Eyes of a Leader
Now as a leader, looking back at the work I did to achieve this certification, I'm reminded of the dedication it took and how important it is for me to provide our team with the highest quality feedback and at the same time, encourage them to take on new professional challenges that will inspire them to keep moving forward.
Starr Sackstein, November 15, 2018
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Teacher Preparation edTPA Encourages Reflection, But Disrupts 'Natural Learning Process,' Teachers Say
While some students said the process helped them reflect on their practice and create effective assessments, others said that the assessment didn't help them grow at all as educators.
Sarah Schwartz, September 6, 2018
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