An Empty Curriculum: The Need to Reform Teacher Licensing by Sandra Stotsky

By Sandra Stotsky

Teachers can't train what they don't know. This state has tolerated a susceptible licensing approach for potential academics for many years. This vulnerable approach has been followed via an more and more emptier curriculum for many scholars, depriving them of the data and abilities wanted for self-government.
An Empty Curriculum: How instructor Licensure assessments bring about Empty scholar Minds makes the case that the whole revision of the licensing method for potential and veteran academics in Massachusetts in 2000 and the development of recent or extra difficult instructor licensing assessments contributed considerably to the Massachusetts “education miracle.” That “miracle” consisted of tolerating earnings in fulfillment for college kids in all demographic teams and in all local vocational/technical excessive faculties due to the fact 2005—gains proven through assessments self reliant of Massachusetts coverage makers.
The instant goal of this ebook is to provide an explanation for what Massachusetts did in 2000 to reinforce its instructor licensing and re-licensing method to make sure that all lecturers may train to really powerful K-12 criteria. Its better function is to indicate that improvement of robust educational criteria in all significant matters may be by means of entire revision of a state’s instructor licensing method, now not, as has been the case for a number of a long time, the improvement of K-12 pupil tests—if this state desires to enhance public schooling.

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3. Briefly state the result and effect of the Battle of Waterloo, naming the leading general. 4. (a) What was the bone of contention between Austria and Germany in 1866? (b) Give the result and effect of this trouble. 5. Name the leaders of the Italian struggle for freedom, and state the result of their efforts. 6. Mention some supplementary reading that you would recommend in a history class. 7. When was the present form of government in France organized, and who is president today? Candidates did not have to be more than a high school graduate then.

2. Ruth Mitchell and Patte Barth, “Not Good Enough: A Content Analysis of Teacher Licensing Examinations. How Teacher Licensing Tests Fall Short,” Thinking K–16, 1999, 3(1), 3–23. 4 HISTORY OF TEACHER LICENSURE TESTS IN THE UNITED STATES The history of teacher licensure tests officially begins in the late 1920s—when an emphasis on school efficiency and accountability was fueled by a thriving industry of achievement and intelligence testing. This emphasis took place in the context of a massive increase in the size and number of the nation’s high schools to accommodate the children of those who had migrated to this country from the 1880s to World War I, as well as those children now forbidden factory employment or required to stay in school until age 16 because of Child Labor Laws passed in the early decades of the 20th century.

Such lists would tell arts and sciences faculty what their courses needed to cover and what a subject area licensure test needed to assess. S. Constitution), whether or not a college course on the topic is required for a major in the discipline. A topic approach is a powerful way to strengthen a prospective teacher’s academic background regardless of the college he or she attends as an undergraduate. It differs from what is done in many states’ regulations with respect to specificity. It lists the major academic topics for each field—not as many as would be listed on individual syllabi, but enough to clarify the intellectual highlights of a field.

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