Alabama: Teacher Certification Requirements Have Been Modified In An Effort To Alleviate The Teacher Shortage

State certification tests for teachers in Alabama have been temporarily lowered in an attempt to get more teachers into classrooms.

The Alabama Board of Education adopted a temporary measure on Tuesday that would create a sliding scale to compensate for lower Praxis certification exam scores in higher grades.

In locations where there is a significant shortage of teachers, a waiver mechanism is in place so that graduates with lower test scores may teach temporarily but must ultimately pass the exam to acquire a permanent certificate of certification.

Efforts are being made to address a teacher shortage in the state. School will begin in just a few weeks, and state superintendent Eric Mackey said that some districts had no candidates for open positions that have been advertised.

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