Is Michigan Turning Away Good Teachers?

In late 2013, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced changes to the examination prospective teachers are required to pass in order to obtain a Michigan teaching certificate. Specifically, the difficulty of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE), which is considered a test of the basic skills a teacher needs to be effective, was set at …

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A wake-up call on teacher selection

We recently received the results of our students’ performance on the Michigan Department of Education’s Professional Readiness Examination (PRE).  The department requires students to pass all three parts of the PRE test – reading, writing, and math – before they are allowed to do their student teaching.  In our college, we require students to pass …

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