Philadelphia’s middle school teachers are having trouble showing they’re qualified to teach their subjects. Many are former elementary teachers who aren’t subject-matter specialists. Half of the “district’s 690 middle school teachers who took exams in math, English, social studies and science in September and November failed,” reports the Inquirer. Nearly two-thirds of middle school math teachers failed the exam.
The district will offer test prep classes to teachers who have to retake the exams, and will try to hire people who know math to teach math.