Proposal Calls for Teachers to Have "B" Average

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    Should potential teachers have to make the grade before they give grades?

    New Jersey's Education Department is considering requiring prospective teachers to achieve at least a B average in college before they can get state certification.

    The new 3.0 grade-point requirement would be higher than the current 2.75.

    But those who educate educators tell The Press of Atlantic City that it would not make much of a practical difference.

    Neighboring Pennsylvania and Delaware already require a 3.0, and experts say it's hard for an education graduate to get a job in New Jersey with marks lower than that.

    Also, some teaching colleges require 3.0 averages of their students already.

    Critics say the change could weed out some would-be teachers who come from other professions.

    Under the proposed new regulations, prospective teachers would also have to take a standardized test of basic skills or have an SAT math/reading score of at least 1,120 for entrance into the teacher education program.

    Starting in January 2016, they would be required to take another performance assessment to obtain a license starting in January 2016.

    Traditional teacher education candidates with scores at least 10 percent higher than the minimum passing score could have a GPA of between 2.75 and 3.0.

    Raising the minimum GPA was last proposed by the state in 2000, when it was 2.5.


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