A literacy exam is important for all educators because if you want to teach, children should, at the very least be able to understand you. Unfortunately, in New York, that is no longer a priority.
New York officials in the Board of Regents are planning to get rid of an exam that would measure the reading and writing skills of potential teachers. Why? A large percentage of Black and Hispanic teaching candidates are failing the exam. 41% of black candidates and 46% of Hispanic candidates passed on their first try compared to the 64% of white candidates.
There will now be a task force in charge of eliminating the Academic Literacy Skills Test, claiming that this exam is redundant and a ‘poor predictor‘ of a good teacher. People in support of the exam make are intelligently pointing out that scrapping this exam ‘could put weak teachers in the classroom.‘
From Young Conservatives:
In New York, you have to pass a basic literacy test if you want to become a teacher. Makes sense right? You should have to prove you know the basics of the English language if you want to be tasked with teaching others. However, in New York, they don’t like the test they have no and want to scrap it. Why? Because the test is racist…or something… Just another example of the left treating people based on their skin color and not their performance.
An awful side effect of identity politics. It is looking more and more like New York is never going to get their act together. They will replace this with something but talk about a waste of time and money. A litttle racist as well…