The state should use a licensing test to verify that all new teachers meet its professional standards.
As of August 1, 2011, Hawaii no longer requires new teachers to pass a pedagogy test in order to attain licensure.
Require that all new teachers pass a pedagogy test.
Hawaii should require that all new teachers meet professional standards through a test of professional knowledge.
Hawaii was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis. The state added that it believes that its approved teacher preparation programs assess a teacher candidate's professional knowledge and proficiency in the teaching standards by observation and evaluation rather than in a multiple choice, paper-and-pencil pedagogy examination. For this reason, Hawaii discontinued use of the Praxis PLT on August 1, 2011.
NCTQ is not suggesting that the only way to measure pedagogical skill is through a multiple choice, paper-and-pencil assessment. Indeed, many states are moving toward performance-based assessments. The key point is that Hawaii is now operating under a "belief" that programs are assessing such knowledge and skills, rather than evidence that teacher candidates are prepared for the classroom.