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.
A version of this article appeared in the November 11, 2015 edition of Education Week as N.J. Toughens Requirements for Teacher Certification