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By Sandra Stotsky

Teachers can't educate what they don't know. This kingdom has tolerated a susceptible licensing procedure for potential lecturers for many years. This vulnerable approach has been observed by means of an more and more emptier curriculum for many scholars, depriving them of the information and talents wanted for self-government.
An Empty Curriculum: How instructor Licensure checks result in Empty pupil Minds makes the case that the entire revision of the licensing method for potential and veteran academics in Massachusetts in 2000 and the development of recent or extra difficult instructor licensing exams contributed considerably to the Massachusetts “education miracle.” That “miracle” consisted of putting up with earnings in success for college kids in all demographic teams and in all neighborhood vocational/technical excessive faculties when you consider that 2005—gains proven through checks self sufficient of Massachusetts coverage makers.
The speedy goal of this booklet is to provide an explanation for what Massachusetts did in 2000 to bolster its instructor licensing and re-licensing method to make sure that all academics may perhaps educate to rather robust K-12 criteria. Its greater function is to signify that improvement of robust educational criteria in all significant matters might be via entire revision of a state’s instructor licensing method, now not, as has been the case for numerous a long time, the advance of K-12 pupil tests—if this kingdom desires to increase public schooling.

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California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Texas). S. teachers were licensed in NES states at the time of Mitchell and Barth’s 1999 study (discussed below). Established in 2001, the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is a new player on the scene. Its online programs and tests are designed for prospective teachers who do not wish 15 16 CHA P TER 3 to enroll in a traditional preparation program, for current teachers seeking additional licenses or endorsements, and for current teachers seeking master teacher status.

A relatively low pass score (leading to a high pass rate) could mean that questions drawing on presumed coursework in classic texts from American or British literature may not be answered correctly but, because of compensatory scoring, won’t matter for the final score. Nevertheless, the specificity of the topics in licensing regulations can make a difference in the college curriculum. A professor of English at a state university in Massachusetts casually commented at a conference for literary scholars in April 2014 that the demands of the topics on the licensure test for prospective English teachers in the Bay State had led to a stronger set of course requirements for these undergraduates than for the English major itself at her university.

Most tests designed for special education teachers). , reading and mathematics). How do licensure tests of beginning reading instructional knowledge that promote the context-based methods taught in most education schools influence the school curriculum and long-term student achievement? If students are taught to use context or a word’s visual pattern to guess at the identification of a word already in their listening vocabulary, and to use context to guess at the meaning of a word that needs to enter their reading vocabulary, that habit slows down the speed at which they can read more advanced texts throughout the grades, reducing the amount they can read altogether.

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