No TAP Shortage, Says ISBE

There are lots of views, pro and con, about ISBE's recent decision to stick to the changes in the teacher candidate process, including concerns among some educators that there won't be enough teachers and that minority candidates will be screened out, and that the scoring is being done by Pearson. State School News Service's Jim Broadway took a preliminary look at this situation last week, including a chat with ISBE officials, and his main point as I grasped it was that the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is harder than the old basic skills test, and the number of retakes is limited to five, but that there's no anticipated problem with Illinois schools not having enough qualified teachers to fill open spots. More than 40,000 certificates were issued last year alone, according to ISBE, making Illinois a net exporter of teaching talent, and the reduction is only projected at 1.4 percent.

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