A move is being made to scrap the basic literacy test for New York school teachers. The reading and writing literacy skills test is set to be removed because black and Hispanic teachers are failing to pass.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Just 41 percent of black teaching candidates and 46 percent of Hispanics passed the test on their first try, compared to 64 percent of white candidates.
A state task force recommended the board scrap the exam because of the number of black and hispanic candidates struggling to pass it.
“We want high standards, without a doubt. Not every given test is going to get us there,” Pace University professor Leslie Soodak told the AP.
Soodak was a member of the task force that advocated abandoning literacy tests for teachers.
Opponents to the exam also tried to have it scrapped on racist grounds back in 2015, arguing that the test was discriminatory because racial minorities performed less well than whites. At the time, the Federal Judge did not support the motion.
For some reason this has failed to ignite any debate in the Halls of Power. Either the test is discriminatory and should be changed so that it’s not anymore, or we should just keep it in place. The only people suffering from this are New York students who have teachers of a low literacy level.