We are asking you to support the recommendations of the legislature-appointed Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force to repeal the Basic Skills MTLE, an exam that candidates must pass to receive a teaching license in the state of Minnesota. Here’s why we think repealing the MTLE is a good idea:
"basic skills" tests, however, ALL educators in ALL subject areas are barred from even entering the classroom if they cannot pass the college-level math that is included in the exam. Minnesota risks creating shortages in all Middle and High School subject areas such as art, music, foreign language, and social studies – even though teachers’ college-level expertise in these areas is already required. Similarly, we are at risk of having a shortage of elementary teachers since even a kindergarten teacher is now being held hostage to college-level calculus in order to be licensed to teach our youngest children.
1. A portfolio2. edTPA3. Other nationally normed tests4. Coursework5. Licensure from another state6. Consideration of prior teaching service