Minnesota Board of Teaching expands number of basic skills tests for teacher licensure process

Minnesota Board of Teaching expands number of basic skills tests for teacher licensure process

Today the Minnesota Board of Teaching adopted two resolutions that will have an impact on teacher licensure.

The first resolution established basis of the basic skills tests to be at the level of “career and college ready” rather than the current level. This means the tests will be at the level of a high school graduate rather than a two-year college level.

Secondly, the Board expanded the number of tests that will satisfy the requirement by naming the following exams in the resolution: the NCES (a basic skills exam used in a number of other states), the ACT, the SAT plus writing, the GRE, the Praxis I and the MTLE.

The Board also stated it would have the cut scores for each exam determined by July 1, 2016.

MSBA hopes to have the actual resolution language available later next week.

“This is the type of teacher flexibility MSBA has been asking for,” said Denise Dittrich, MSBA’s Associate Director of Government Relations.

MSBA’s school board member-led Delegate Assembly passed a resolution in 2014 that sought flexibility for school boards in order to help reduce the effects of teacher shortages across the state.

“This is one of the barriers that has been identified for teacher licensure,” Dittrich said. “This will help reduce that barrier. This is a big, positive step.”

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