2011 Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should use a licensing test to verify that all new teachers meet its professional standards.
Alabama does not currently require new teachers to pass a test of pedagogy in order to attain licensure.
Require that all new teachers pass a pedagogy test.
Alabama should require that all new teachers meet professional standards through a test of professional knowledge.
Alabama recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that it is beginning to modify and enhance its testing requirements. The first group of new tests included reading and special education. The next group to be validated will include a test that requires prospective elementary teachers to earn a passing score in each of four academic disciplines: English language arts, mathematics, science and social science. Alabama pointed out that included in this second group will be tests of pedagogical knowledge, which will subsequently be required of all applicants for initial certification at the elementary and secondary levels.