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Mathematica Study Finds ABCTE Teachers Landing Jobs

By Vaishali Honawar — July 28, 2008 1 min read

Six out of 10 teacher-candidates who earned their credential through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence had found jobs in K-12 schools by the end of the last year,
a survey shows.

The survey of the ABCTE’s Passport to Teaching program, conducted by the Princeton, N.J.-based Mathematica Policy Research, said that of those who found jobs, 71 percent are teaching in traditional public schools, 12 percent in charter schools, and 15 percent in private schools.

Eight states now accept the ABCTE’s credential for teacher licensure: Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Set up in 2001 with federal funds, the certification board has been controversial because it offers teacher certification almost exclusively on the basis of written tests and does not require student teaching or coursework to obtain initial licensure.

A version of this article appeared in the July 30, 2008 edition of Education Week

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