To boost diversity, NY State drops teacher literacy test
Posted by William A. Jacobson
Test meant to raise teacher standards latest victim of diversity religion, minority students will suffer most.
excerpt from Legal Insurrection
New York State has been trying to raise teacher standards in order to solve the problem of low graduation and literacy rates in minority school populations.
That makes sense – how can an academically unqualified teacher be expected to help raise academic success among students. These increased standards were meant to help minority students by ensuring that qualified teachers were not limited to wealthier districts.
One of the key components of the push for higher teacher qualifications was a literacy test. The test is just one of several tests prospective teachers need to pass. That literacy test survived a court challenge in 2015. A federal judge found that the test, unlike prior tests, was not discriminatory:
“… Judge Wood ruled that the state and Pearson, the testing company that helped devise the exam, had done a proper job of making sure that the “content of the ALST is representative of the content of a New York State public-school teacher’s job.”
Yet that has not stopped claims that the test is racist based entirely on the tests results, which Black and Hispanic prospective teachers passed as lower rates than whites.