Fewer aspiring teachers pass MI's tougher preparedness test

Jan 27, 2015

Corey Drake (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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What makes the difference between a successful and a struggling student? Research suggests one of the most important factors is the quality of that student’s teachers. And a big part of having effective teachers in the classroom is making sure they’re prepared before they get there. In 2013, as part of an effort to do just that, Michigan toughened teacher certification tests, but a recent Bridge Magazine article found that a majority of aspiring teachers failed the new exam.

Is Michigan falling behind when it comes to the quality of its educators? And what would it take to make sure all Michigan students have great teachers?

Current State talks with Corey Drake, director of teacher preparation at MSU’s College of Education.