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AZ officials loosen standards for math teachers

Posted at 9:18 AM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 12:18:14-04
Arizona officials have simplified the test for prospective math teachers to help address a teacher shortage in the state.
 
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the State Board of Education will only be testing applicants' ability to teach foundational-level math courses, not subjects like trigonometry and calculus.
 
The board agreed last week to use California math exams while Arizona develops a test of its own for algebra, geometry and consumer math.
 
People interested in teaching higher-level math courses will still need to pass the existing Arizona assessment.
 
Administrators say they have been struggling to find teachers for middle school and lower-level high school math.
 
Associate Superintendent Cecilia Johnson says the state also plans to consider simplifying the test for science teachers by separating the physical and life science components.