Saturday, December 11, 2004

Teacher testing

When Jenny and I started this Teacher's Education thing, we knew we were going to have to write a huge exam at the end. But, a couple weeks ago, the province scrapped the test for graduating teachers.

The argument against the test is that 1) 99% of people pass it, so it can't be that hard, 2) a whole bunch of qualified professors had already qualified us to teach, so why do we need to be re-qualified? 3) Testing is a controversial topic in education now, with the merits of testing in doubt.

The argument for the test is that professional standards are a good thing - don't you want your doctor or mechanic or chiropractor qualified?

So the test is gone, as per the article below. The most interesting part of the article, however, is that 1 in 3 new teachers quit in the first 5 years.

Ontario to scrap test for new teachers
The Toronto Star

The province is scrapping a controversial qualifying test for new teachers, two years after it was introduced by the former Tory government.

"It was not much of a quality check," Education Minister Gerard Kennedy said yesterday, noting that 99 per cent of those who took it passed it.

The Liberal government plans to replace the test by next September with an "induction year" for new teachers.

The plan is for a mentoring program, professional development and "some kind of assessment," Kennedy said.

One in three teachers quits during the first five years of their career. This represents a loss of $30 million a year to the province in subsidies for education faculties and tuition.

The announcement means as many as 10,000 people will be spared writing the four-hour test next year.


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