- 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.

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

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