|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, November 28, 2001|
|Contact:||Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106 or Jonathan Palumbo 781-338-3105|
Results of June and September teacher tests released
MALDEN - More than one-half of the teacher candidates tested in June and September passed all three parts of the Massachusetts Educator Licensure exam.
Passing the three-part exam is the last step new teachers need to take in order to earn their certification. The exam, which includes tests both in each teacher’s individual subject and in reading and writing, has been administered to prospective educators 15 times since 1998.
On the June test, nearly 52 percent of first-time test takers passed all three parts, 60 percent passed both reading and writing and 66 percent passed the subject exams. In September, 60 percent passed all three parts, 75 percent passed the reading and writing tests, and 64 percent passed the subject exams.
These results show improvement over results of the April 1998 exam, the first time the exam was administered as a requirement for certification. On that exam, 41 percent of those tested passed all three parts, 51 percent passed both reading and writing and 62 percent passed the subject exams.
In all, 7,284 teacher candidates were tested in June and 4,374 were tested in September.