Sample questions on the CBEST Practice Test, which would-be teachers must pass in California, set a low bar:
Which of the following is the most appropriate unit for expressing the weight of a pencil?
A Bay Area mother gave the math test to her son, who just started fourth grade. He completed the first half in 45 minutes; prospective teachers have up to two hours. Although he didn’t prepare and hasn’t studied percentages yet, he did well enough to pass.
Do college graduates fail CBEST? Yes indeed.