The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Georgia requires middle grades certification (grades 4-8) for all middle school teachers. Teacher preparation programs must prepare candidates in at least two of the following areas of concentration: reading, language arts, mathematics, science or social science. The state defines an area of concentration as a minimum of 15 semester hours.
All new middle school teachers are required to pass a specific subject-area test, one of the "Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators" tests, to attain licensure.
Georgia Rule 505-3-.26 http://www.gace.nesinc.com/GA3_testselection.asp
Georgia recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.