- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona officials have simplified the test for prospective math teachers to help address a teacher shortage in the state.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1LUk16r ) that the State Board of Education will only be testing applicants’ ability to teach foundational-level math courses, not subjects like trigonometry and calculus.

The board agreed last week to use California math exams while Arizona develops a test of its own for algebra, geometry and consumer math.

People interested in teaching higher-level math courses will still need to pass the existing Arizona assessment.

Administrators say they have been struggling to find teachers for middle school and lower-level high school math.

Associate Superintendent Cecilia Johnson says the state also plans to consider simplifying the test for science teachers by separating the physical and life science components.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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