Becoming a Science Teacher in Texas
This study analyzes the competency of science teachers as it pertains to the passage of the TExES Content Exam. Teacher qualification is determined by the results of standardized tests because of the accountability standards imposed by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In 2012 the State Board of Education adopted changes to high school graduation requirements which mandate four years of science for those students in the recommended and distinguished achievement high school programs. This change has added urgency for teacher preparation programs to certify even more qualified science teachers. The results of this study may guide policy makers in improving the preparation of science teachers by determining the areas in which effort and support is most needed.
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