Rhode Island is raising the bar to get into teacher training, reports the Providence Journal.
Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist told state colleges and universities to increase the minimum score on a basic skills test required to enter teacher training.
Currently, Rhode Island ranks among the lowest in the nation, alongside Mississippi and Guam, with cut scores in math, reading and writing set at 170 in each subject. At that score, about 30 percent of test-takers in Rhode Island fail the test, called Praxis I or the PPST, pre-professional skills test.
Gist wants to raise the scores to the highest in the country over a two-year period. Teacher-training programs fear a sharp drop in students.