Alexandra Miletta: New York’s New Teacher Certification Exams Are Horrible

Diane Ravitch's blog

Alexandra Miletta is a teacher educator at Mercy College. We have a bond; I was in graduate school almost 50 years ago with her mother.

Miletta is outraged by the state’s new certification exams. They are mostly multiple-choice, they are rigid, and they have disparate impacts on white and black teachers.

What is so bad about them? Miletta gives us a 101 course and here is part of it:

Teacher education programs are frantically scrambling to accommodate students who are in a full-blown panic and understandable confusion over the sudden change in regulations. Even the Board of Regents is attempting to reduce the disastrous effects of this completely bungled roll out, perhaps making things worse. Meanwhile, the public is in the dark about what is happening in part because of the technical nature of teacher licensure, and in part because of a lack of attention to teacher education in…

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