Document Type

Research Project

Publication Date

Spring 2020


This argumentative essay analyzes the effects that current teacher certification state testing requirements has on our education system. The primary test scores focus on Maine certification requirements. While research on the topic is fairly limited among Google Scholar, much of the data and surveys collected hold a diverse variety of subjects in both geographical and socioeconomic case study terms. Each study analyzes current practices within the last twenty years and how specific standardized testing affects aspiring educators and where they end up: private schools, charter schools, public schools, or choosing an alternative career pathway. The summary of this research dives into educational philosophies and best practices towards implementing a well-rounded and diverse accommodating certification track in which policy makers and school districts can use standardized testing data of each teacher applicant as just one way of assessing their competency in teacher readiness and content knowledge.

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