New York To Scrap Literacy Test For Teachers In The Name Of Diversity

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It seems New York is on its way to lowering the bar of educational quality—prospective teachers, pay attention! The Empire State’s Board of Regents is foregoing the Academic Literacy Skills Test—one reason being minority candidates aren’t passing the exam.

[The New York Academic Literacy Skills Test | Photo: Barbara Woike/AP]
And they’re playing the race card to justify scrapping a crucial test—but here are the passing-percentage numbers as researched: 41 percent (African-American prospective educators); 46 percent (Latino-American prospective educators); 64 percent (white-American prospective educators). (It’s not about race; it’s about who’s the best…for such an important job.)

This test (multiple-choice) was made to guarantee top quality among future educators. But apparently, these preparation exams aren’t making it happen. What if candidates simply lack poor, study skills? Seemingly, nobody’s holding the candidates responsible.

Nevertheless, due to the aforementioned reason, as of March 13th, New York’s board is enacting the proposal. (It takes only one match to start a fire…)

“We want high standards, without a doubt. Not every given test is going to get us there. … Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” Pace University Professor Leslie Soodak told the media. Interestingly enough, Professor Soodak’s a proponent and task-force member of the effort(s) to do away with ALS tests.

[The only public photo of Professor Leslie Soodak | Source:]
Soodak and others tried (and failed) to have the exam abolished via federal court in 2015. Their reason being it discriminated against said minorities, as those candidates had lower scores than others.

Is Soodak suggesting whites, blacks and Latinos can’t work together—re: “…doesn’t match our student body anymore.”? Ultimately, race should have nothing to do with it—especially when it comes to education. Simply put: if you can’t pass, you don’t pass—no matter your race. Study harder…


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