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Mississippi lowers passing score needed on one of the teacher licensure tests

Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT
Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT
Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT
Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT
Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers, but they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi is running low on teachers, especially math teachers. The state discovered the required score to pass one test was a common road block.

Several letters were submitted to the state. All with the same concern -- the Praxis Subject Assessment Mathematics: Content Knowledge test that hopeful 7-12 grade math teachers take.

But now, the passing score will drop from 160 to 152.

Parents say they know Mississippi is struggling to find and keep good teachers.

"I'd think you'd want the best of the best of teachers in the classrooms," said parent Christopher Harris.

But they have mixed reactions on lowering the Praxis Math passing score.

"It's kind of a catch 22," noted Harris. "On the one hand, you kind of have a shortage of teachers. So, you kind of need those teachers. On the other hand, it's almost like you're reducing the quality of the teachers you bringing to the classroom."

Another parent is looking at the issue from both the teacher and parent's perspective.

"I took the Praxis too and missed it by one point and I know I'm a smart person in math," explained Jacqueline M. Foster.

So, she thinks the change is a good one.

"I don't think it will be a bad idea," added Foster. "You'll get more teachers and just be cause that person doesn't score high on a test doesn't mean they don't know the information."

That's why the Mississippi Association of Educators wants parents to look at the change with its full context.

"Success is measured in a lot of different ways," described MAE President Joyce Helmick. "Dealing with children takes a special person. And that special person may not always be the one with the highest test score."

More than that, those who work with preparing students for the Praxis say the test has gotten more rigorous.

"Why would such a comprehensive math test be appropriate for those who are teaching lower level math compared to that higher math?" asked Helmick.

The Harrison County Superintendent pointed that out in his letter to the state. Saying it covers probability and statistics, calculus, trig, algebra, geometry and more.

Previously, six states had lower pass scores than Mississippi. Now that Mississippi is lowering the score to 152, only four will be lower.

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