Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
New General Curriculum Test to Include Separately Scored Mathematics Subtest, Beginning in 2009
The General Curriculum test is currently being redeveloped to include two separately scorable subtests. Subtest I will include the areas of Language Arts, History & Social Science, and Science & Technology/Engineering and Subtest II will include solely Mathematics.
The test is being redeveloped as a result of amendments to the state educator licensing regulations approved by the Board of Education in April 2007 for the purpose of strengthening the preparation and licensing of elementary and special education educators to teach mathematics. The amended regulations call for "…guidelines for the scope and depth of knowledge expected in mathematics." See the document, Guidelines for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers , which articulates the mathematical skills and understanding to be assessed on the General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest, as well as the content and number of mathematics courses to be included in approved preparation programs for elementary and special education license candidates. An additional document, Sample Mathematics Items and Commentary , provides a brief analysis of items on the current test and options for how they could be redeveloped.
Activities for the redevelopment of the General Curriculum test began in the spring of 2007. The test objectives and a practice test will be available prior to the first administration of the new test in the winter of 2009. See the Test Development Summary , for a description of the process for revising the General Curriculum test.