“Texas Teachers Failing Exams”

January 30, 2015


Like many professions, teachers and principals must pass certain tests to become certified. It’s the state’s way of ensuring they’re qualified for the job. But educators are commonly allowed to work in schools even while they’re still trying to become certified. A KXAN investigation found some have failed over and over. Educators struggling to pass exams for jobs they currently hold or are trying to get is likely more common than parents of public school students might realize. Teacher certification test data obtained from the Texas Education Agency at the beginning of this school year show more than 230 Central Texas educators who have failed certification exams at least five times – some as many as ten. After the KXAN report, Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, filed a bill to limit the number of times they can take a test to five and promised to keep studying the issue after the legislative session.

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Submitted by Josh Hinkle.

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