Math portion of NC teacher licensing exam could be replaced

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The math test that nearly 2,400 elementary and special education teachers have failed in their bids to secure their licenses might be phased out in a matter of months.

The Charlotte Observer reports a report presented to the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission last week found the licensing exam’s math portion wasn’t indicative of effective teaching.

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The current licensing exam costs $139 and consists of three portions created by the for-profit Pearson publishing company: reading, math and a multi-subject test. Teachers have to pay additional fees to retake sections.

The commission voted unanimously to keep the reading test, shed the multi-subject test and replace Pearson’s math test with the nonprofit ETS’ Praxis math exam. The state Board of Education could vote to adopt the new requirements in February.