Mississippi Lowers Standards for Math Teachers

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi is lowering the standardized test score that a student must achieve to become a middle school or high school math teacher. The state Board of Education approved the change last week; it takes effect immediately and is retroactive, meaning 89 students who would not have qualified for a license between 2013 and now will now be eligible. Previously students had to pass the standardized Praxis II test in math to earn the license; Mississippi, like 27 other states and the District of Columbia, had required a score of 160 out of 200. Mississippi now joins Iowa in requiring a score of only 135. Math teacher groups had lobbied for the change, saying 160 was too high. The board of education cited a teacher shortage as the reason for making the change.



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