Aspiring Elementary Teachers Fail New Math Test

From the Boston Globe today -- Three out of four aspiring elementary teachers in Massachusetts failed a new basic math test the state is administering, confirming fears that teachers in the lower grades are not prepared to give their students a strong math base.

I'm interested to know whether other states plan to follow suit and give a similar test. It looks like teacher prep programs are already responding and upping their math requirements.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  May 19, 2009; 2:32 PM ET
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A commenter to the Boston Globe article provided this link to a practice test: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/MA_FLD003_SubtestII_PRACTICE_TEST.pdf It's part of the general curriculum test, which seems to be required for all grade levels.

A lot of these are what I'd call puzzles, but none were particularly hard. I wouldn't expect an elementary school student to do very well, but then, a teacher ought to have some mastery of a subject above and beyond the level they're teaching at. No idea what a passing score is, but I'm sure it's not 100%.

I'd call attention to #12, ambiguous because it's not clear whether they want unique factors, and #42, not clear whether 75% of girls is 20% or 36.36% greater than 55% of boys - although that one is apparent given the choices.

Posted by: tomsing | May 19, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Also, the other tests are here: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA_PT_opener.asp

Posted by: tomsing | May 19, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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