By Sandra Stotsky

ISBN-10: 1475815662

ISBN-13: 9781475815665

Teachers can't educate what they don't know. This nation has tolerated a susceptible licensing approach for potential academics for many years. This susceptible procedure has been followed by means of an more and more emptier curriculum for many scholars, depriving them of the data and abilities wanted for self-government.
An Empty Curriculum: How instructor Licensure exams result in Empty pupil Minds makes the case that the full revision of the licensing procedure for potential and veteran lecturers in Massachusetts in 2000 and the development of recent or extra not easy instructor licensing assessments contributed considerably to the Massachusetts “education miracle.” That “miracle” consisted of tolerating profits in fulfillment for college students in all demographic teams and in all local vocational/technical excessive faculties considering the fact that 2005—gains proven through checks self sustaining of Massachusetts coverage makers.
The speedy objective 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 lecturers might educate to really robust K-12 criteria. Its greater function is to signify that improvement of robust educational criteria in all significant topics may be through entire revision of a state’s instructor licensing process, no longer, as has been the case for numerous many years, the improvement of K-12 pupil tests—if this nation desires to develop public schooling.

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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. At present, aspiring teachers in nine states can use ABCTE’s programs and tests to achieve full licensure. TYPES OF TEACHER LICENSURE TESTS There are four different types of licensure tests prospective teachers may be required to take: (1) a test of their reading, writing, and arithmetic skills; (2) a test of their knowledge of the subject(s) they seek a license to teach; (3) a test of their knowledge of the characteristics of a particular population of students they will be licensed to teach, as well as the professional issues that must be addressed in educating this population; and (4) a test of their knowledge of the pedagogical theories and strategies that are taught to prospective teachers in their preparation programs and in much of their professional development.

ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEVELOP TEACHER LICENSURE TESTS Two private testing companies develop most of the teacher tests used by the states. , 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.

When an agency of the state determines the academic content needed for a teaching license, it provides the legal basis for the content of the licensing test and program. A topic approach does not require much if any involvement of education faculty since what is being determined is academic content. Unknown to most arts and sciences faculty, regulations for prospective K–12 teachers reach deep into the arts and sciences precisely because they must indicate the academic requirements for each licensure field.

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