Elementary and special education teachers will have to pass a rigorous math test to be licensed in Massachusetts. Sandra Stotsky writes on Education Gadfly:
. . . the prospective teachers’ test will be based on the reasonable assumption that candidates who take it should be expected to demonstrate, without the use of a calculator, a deep understanding of the mathematics concepts that underpin what they will teach their students, who in turn must master them without the use of a calculator.
Elementary teachers notoriously are weak on math. In most states, teachers take licensure tests that are “pitched at the high school level in terms of overall difficulty, and their cut scores are set so low that a passing score often means no more than middle school achievement,” Stotsky writes.
Just in time, here’s a new blog called Math Concepts Explained which explains math concepts.