Original. Student reported. Your daily dose of Right-minded news and commentary from across the nation
Majority of prospective NYC teachers flunk literacy test

For the first time, the New York Board of Regents is requiring all prospective teachers to take the Academic Literacy Skills exam.

Unfortunately, most who took it in New York City did not pass.

The exam “measures whether a prospective teacher can understand and analyze reading material and also write competently.”

The New York Post reports:

At Boricua College in The Bronx, 13 students took the literacy test. Not a single one passed.

At a half-dozen City University campuses, about half or more failed to make the grade.

Only 29 percent passed at York College in Queens, where there were 68 test takers.

Just one-third of the 21 test takers at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College passed.

The pass rate was only 41 percent at CUNY’s College of Technology in Brooklyn; 47 percent at Lehman College in The Bronx; 51 percent at City College; 54 percent at Brooklyn College and 55 percent at the College of Staten Island. CUNY vowed better results going forward.

“We are not satisfied with these results, and we are working closely with our college presidents, education deans and others to ensure we do all we can to produce the quality teachers the city requires and deserves,” said CUNY Chancellor James Milliken.

On the other side of the coin elsewhere in the state, Barnard College and the University of Rochester had one hundred percent pass rates, while SUNY Geneseo and Columbia’s Teachers College each had over ninety percent.

The New York statewide average was sixty-eight percent.

Read the full article.

Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter

IMAGE: audio-luci-store-it/Flickr

About the Author
Assistant Editor
Dave Huber is assistant editor of The College Fix. He has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over a decade, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. Dave is a retired educator with over 25 years of service who holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Delaware, as well as graduate student membership in the National Association of Scholars.

Add to the Discussion