Teachers’ unions are cheering the news that New York state education officials have killed off a literacy test which successfully revealed that almost a third of candidate teachers cannot meet eight-grade standards.
Members of the New York state Board of Regents voted on Monday to eliminate the literacy exam which revealed the prospective teachers’ poor reading and writing skills, saying the controversial test is “flawed” and that it puts Latino and African-American teacher applicants at an unfair disadvantage.
Advocates of testing said the decision to kill the literacy test will lower teaching standards, especially for minority students in the city.
“Eliminating the [test just] to increase the number of unqualified, unprepared Black and Latino prospective teachers is the most racist and destructive action taken under the guise of diversifying NY’s teachers,” said Mona Davids, President of the New York City Parents Union, adding:
We, Black and Latino parents, do not want teachers who cannot pass a basic literacy test. We don’t care about the color or race of the teacher, we want highly effective teachers teaching our children.
“It’s alarming because we’ve now abandoned or watered down the teacher evaluation process, and now we’re lowering the bar for entry certification as well,” said Charles Sahm, Director of Education policy at the Conservative think tank Manhattan Institute.
Honestly, the first thought that popped in my head when I read this is 'I've got to get out of this country'.
SO many unimaginable things are going on that I almost can't believe it!
I have a really bad "thing" about public education (how horrible it is) and this takes the cake. For what seems like decades now, students are being thrown under the bus in favor of teachers - and diversity.
Kids go through this incompetent system and then, years later, apply to be teachers and, thanks to their own pathetic educations in our schools, can't even pass an 8th grade literacy test.