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Teachers’ Math-test Woes Prompt Hunt For Answers

According to numbers presented Monday to the state’s top education officials, 47.5 percent of the teachers who have taken the required Praxis certification exam failed.

Officials won’t lower their standards for teachers, but they want to see if there are alternatives better suited to teachers who might not specialize in math, or those who only teach lower levels, said Don Kirkegaard, president of the state Board of Education.

“Our benchmark isn’t too high,” Kirkegaard said. “It’s the same benchmark that other states have as well.”