According to a report given by State’s Board of Education an astounding 2,400 elementary school North Carolina teachers have failed the math section of their licensing exams. This is since the publishing company Pearson began issuing the tests in 2013. However, the officials and teachers are pointing out to Pearson exams as the base of problem.
Besides, earlier to adopting the Pearson Exams, North Carolina required teachers to pass a test called Praxis 5015 in order to make it work. Also, the pass rate for the state was a roaring high at 85 percent for the years 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Prior to the Pearson exams, North Carolina required teachers to pass a state exam called the Praxis 5015 in order to work. The average pass rate for the state exam was approximately 85 percent for the school years 2011-12 and 2013-14. Conversely, ever since adoption of system the pass rates have fell to 65.1 percent in 2014-15 and 54.5 percent in 2016-17.
Correspondingly, the number of teachers who failed the exam saw a rise in the year 2014-15. Besides, for the year 2016-17, 987 candidates failed the exam. Further, with the continuous fall in pass rates the board is planning to look in to the matter. The officials will now analyze if the test fairly judges the skills effectively required and what can be done to make the test better.
The Pearson was chosen because of its brand name said Tomberlin, the director of school research for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, adding that the approach certainly lacks practicality and need to see if they meet our standards.
A subcommittee has now been established to look into the matter, which will now find an alternative less focused on mathematics content knowledge and more about math knowledge supporting strong teaching. Therefore, with changes around the corner it is expected that the pass percentage will increase and the deserving teachers will qualify the exam.