A Message from State Superintendent Brian J Whiston
I am in receipt of the MACTE report on the assessment of Michigan pre-service teacher candidates, dated October 15, 2015.
Firstly, I would like to thank you and your colleagues at MACTE for the hours of dedicated work that have been put in reviewing three important issues and opportunities, as outlined in your report:
1. The use of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as a measure that can be used to unify the P-20 education experience in Michigan;
2. The problems MACTE perceives in the existing Professional Readiness Examination (PRE); and
3. The recommendation MACTE forwards in replacing the PRE with a PRAXIS test to satisfy Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 380.1531, paragraph 14, stating that a basic skills examination must be passed before a teacher candidate is enrolled for student teaching.
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MACTE Letter to Brian Whiston,
Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education
Representatives of the Michigan Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE) and representatives from the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) met on the campus of Northern Michigan University in June of this year. Our goal was to develop ideas that would support quality pre-service teacher education programs better connected to the goals and outcomes of our K-12 partners. We believe this goal coincides with and supports your stated mission to be more deliberate in the testing of our students and to develop a more cohesive and purposeful P-20 system.
Your colleagues in higher education are excited to meet with you to discuss MACTE’s examination of critical issues related to Michigan’s assessment of pre-service teacher candidates. We would welcome the opportunity to share our analyses and specific recommendations for the following: