Testing Costs for New Teachers

A report from AACTE flags licensure tests as a barrier in cost and content for aspiring teachers. Is this a “water is wet” or a “we told you so” moment?

A new infographic from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) nicely summarizes responses from a set of focus group interviews. You can read more about the project here –edprepmatters.net/2022/04/perspectives-faculty-teacher-candidates-and-teachers-on-epp-entrance-exams/

We took a look at some of the structural barriers in Massachusetts – thepolicyminute.com/2018/12/20/thepolicyminute.com/2018/12/20/mtel-test-centers-datavizday/. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also issued a memo encouraging educator preparation programs to closely examine the impacts of MTELs as gatekeeper assessments in preparation program enrollment and completion.

How could the MTA help support aspiring educators overcome the financial barriers of licensing costs? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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