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Monday, 13 March 2017 06:30

NY State Scrapping Literacy Test for Aspiring Teachers Because Too Many Blacks and Hispanics Failing It

Written by  Mark Tapson

Efforts to introduce standardized testing and the monitoring of performance metrics for teachers in New York have been opposed by the teachers unions ever since they were first introduced decades ago.

It’s an ongoing battle which has been mirrored across the nation. Still, some measures have been put in place which were intended to at least ascertain basic levels of proficiency for people seeking teaching positions. One of these is known as the Academic Skills Literacy Test (ASLT). It’s basically a reading comprehension test administered to those who would eventually be giving similar tests to students.

Hot Air reports that the Empire State will be scrapping the examination because not enough people were passing it and the failure rates were deemed to be too heavily skewed along racial lines. (Associated Press)

New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, in part because an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing it.

The state Board of Regents on Monday is expected Monday to adopt a task force’s recommendation of eliminating the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test.

Backers of the test say eliminating it could put weak teachers in classrooms.

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The dumbing down of America continues by the left. This is a great example of why charter schools are needed. They have higher standards in general, including educators that can actually pass a test themselves. Anybody that cannot pass this test shouldn't be teaching regardless of race.

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Very similar to what has been done to the SAT repeatedly over the last 40 years.

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The dumb leading the blind to straight As!

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The Dumbasscrap Party will fully support this. Weak teachers in the classroom is exactly what they want. More stupid constituents in later years, more stupid voters for the party's asinine ideas...

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I am around Teaches a lot because I Coach Wrestling (many states pay stipends to Coaches because it is cheaper than paying more to the teachers) on a volunteer basis. Usually about half the Coaches are not teachers, and you can tell by the way they look & speak. The grammar is atrocious- "where are we "at"", double negatives, "no you wasn't", "hisself". My kids llaugh with me all the time because I correct their grammar, but they think it's just me because the other Coaches never say anything.

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