The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Kentucky requires an "early adolescent" specialization (grades 5-9) for all middle school teachers. Candidates have two options for earning the middle school specialization. The first is completing a major in English and communications, mathematics, science or social studies; the second is completing an unspecified amount of coursework in two of those four academic fields.
All new middle school teachers in Kentucky are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
Kentucky Administrative Regulations, 16 KAR 2:010, Section 4 www.ets.org/praxis
Prevent any loopholes in middle school teachers' subject-matter preparation.
Kentucky is commended for ensuring that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach middle school-level content. However, Kentucky should consider strengthening its second option for middle school specialization to ensure that the amount of required coursework is equivalent to that of two minors.
Kentucky recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.