The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is urging the end of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test, describing it as an unnecessary barrier to addressing teacher shortages.
The NJEA successfully pushed for the elimination of the Teacher Performance Assessment test last year.
“When the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) adopted changes to the administrative code around teacher certification, it missed an opportunity to eliminate this requirement, which created an unnecessary barrier to entering the profession,” stated NJEA.
We need you to take action! Last year, NJ eliminated the edTPA, a barrier to becoming a certified teacher. Now it's time to eliminate another barrier: the basic skills test for teachers. Urge Gov. Murphy to sign S1553 right away. #WEareNJEA https://t.co/XH694Vq7Eq
— NJEA (@NJEA) November 8, 2023
“Teachers should be able to pass a basic skills test before they’re tasked with educating children in those core subjects,” said Nicki Neily, founder and president of Parents Defending Education.
Governor Phil Murphy has shown support for the NJEA’s efforts to reduce teacher shortages and has pledged funding for educator recruitment and training.
“These investments are crucial to solving our state shortage of educators, and none of them would have made their way into this year’s budget without the NJEA’s influence,” stated Murphy.
This week dozens of schools in New Jersey closed as teachers attended the @NJEA convention. What did teachers do at this conference while thousands of kids stayed home from school?
They were treated to drag shows, drag queen storytime, and “banned books” discussions featuring… pic.twitter.com/07R6o6UdQe
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) November 12, 2023
Additionally, the governor has expressed plans to scale back the Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) and criticized those opposing LGBTQ+ ideology in schools.
“They want to dim the light of truth and instead shroud our schools in the darkness of fear and intimidation,” Murphy claimed.
“Know that I have your backs unconditionally and always.”
The NJEA’s annual convention included a drag queen story hour and led to school closures for educators to attend.