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For Immediate Release
Monday, July 13, 1998
Contact:John Costello

All Massachusetts Certification Candidates Required to Pass Communication and Literacy Skills Test Beginning in September

Malden - Beginning September 1, prospective administrators and support personnel who apply for state certification will be required to pass the communication and literacy skills test in order to become certified. Until now, only classroom teachers have been required to pass the test.

With this addition, every prospective educator will be required to meet the qualifying score on the communication and literacy skills test to gain a provisional or advanced provisional certificate in Massachusetts.

At its June 22 meeting, the state Board of Education voted to require administrators and support personnel who apply for certification after September 1 to meet the qualifying score on the communication and literacy skills test. This new requirement will apply to educators seeking certification regardless of whether there is a subject matter test in place for the certificate.

Education Commissioner David Driscoll noted, "The Board and Department are committed to setting high standards for all those involved in teaching our children. This new requirement calls for all prospective educators, from superintendent to school psychologist, to meet these standards."

The new requirement will apply to candidates seeking the following certificates:

Administrator Certificates: School Principal/Assistant School Principal; Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent; Supervisor/Director; Administrator of Special Education; School Business Administrator

Support Personnel Certificates: Instructional Technology Specialist; Library Media Specialist; School Guidance Counselor; School Psychologist; School Nurse; School Social Worker/ School Adjustment Counselor

Teacher Certificates: Teacher of Students with Intensive Special Needs; Teacher of Students with Vision Impairments; Teacher of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: American Sign Language/Total Communication; Teacher of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: Oral/Aural; Teacher of Students with Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders; Teacher of Foreign Language (for which there is no subject matter test); Teacher of Transitional Bilingual Education (in languages for which there is no subject matter test).

Candidates for all other certificates already are subject to the requirement to pass the two-part Massachusetts Teachers Test: communication and literacy skills, and subject matter.



Last Updated: July 13, 1998
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