The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
South Carolina requires middle-level certification (grades 5-8) for middle school teachers. The state also requires that middle-level candidates complete two areas of concentration with at least 15 semester hours in each area.
All new middle school teachers in South Carolina are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
SC Code of Regulations 43 Policy Guidelines for South Carolina Educator Preparation Units http://www.scteachers.org/educate/rulesregs.cfm www.ets.org/praxis
South Carolina was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis.