May 21, 2018

MAE SUPPORTS CHANGE IN MATH PRAXIS SCORE

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Association of Educators supports the recent decision by the Mississippi State Board of Education to adjust the score necessary for aspiring Math teachers to pass the Praxis.

We believe this move by the Board of Education will help address the severe teacher shortage we’re facing. We know it will improve the level of instruction in many instances where substitute teachers have been employed to fill the gap.

Watch MAE President Helmick’s commentary during  a WLBT segment covering the Praxis scoring change.

Passing the Praxis is a requirement for attaining a teaching certificate, and for many otherwise qualified individuals, it has been the obstruction that has kept them out of the classroom.

Many individuals are excellent students and talented instructors, but have trouble passing the test. We do not believe that a Praxis score is the sole a valid indicator of a person’s potential as an effective educator.

MAE recognizes that this decision was not made without extensive evaluation of the available empirical data supporting such a move. Mississippi’s previous passing score of 160 was one of the higher in the nation. By lowering the passing score to 152, the state has positioned itself to welcome more qualified teachers into the classroom.

(PHOTO CREDITS — COURTNEY ANN JACKSON, WLBT)