ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Senate has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill requiring teachers to pass a skills test.

The bill requires Minnesota teachers to pass a basic skills test in reading, writing and math before they receive a teaching license. Current law allows licensed teachers to take and retake the test for up to three years. The bill would also require all out-of-state teaching license applicants to pass the test.

Supporters have said the measure will keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom. The Senate passed the bill in a 60-1 vote. Last week the House passed the bill unanimously.

Bill sponsor Sen. Ted Daley says the governor’s office has seemed open to the bill. Dayton has not taken a public stance on it yet.

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Comments (34)
  1. Parker Schnobel says:

    hate to tell ya this but she couldn’t tell someone where Minnesota is. Math – spelling —- LMFAO. no chance

  2. Grynch says:

    Wow what a giant leap for the public school system. Teachers will finally have to pass a basic skills test in order to teach.

    1. Tom says:

      @ Grynch

      I think teachers in private schools should take the same test!

      1. Grynch says:

        Yea you’re right but we’re not paying their salary so whatever academic qualifications they may need to meet is up to their employer, not the senate.

        1. Tom says:

          @ Grynch

          Actually if you are sending your child to a private school you are paying the teachers salary threw tutition! But I dont think many parents who send their child to private school complain about that since they have their child in controlled edu enviroment.

          1. Grynch says:

            Actually if I am sending my child to a private school I am I’m still paying the salary of public school teachers as well as tuition (which was my point to begin with). By “we’re” I meant tax payers, not just people who send their kids to private or public schools. Kind of like when you said “threw tuition” you meant through tuition. If your English teach passed a basic skills test he could have taught you that in fourth grade.

    2. Gina G says:

      Check your facts. I had to take a total of 5 tests to become a teacher along with four years of undergrad and a year of graduate courses. The tests were for math, science, language arts, social studies and pedagogy. I had to pay out of my pocket for each one of them. If you fail any one of the tests you do not get your license until you pay again and pass it. Did you have to pass any tests to make an idiotic statement that has no backing?

  3. FeChef says:

    Would that we had a similar test for the House and Senate.

  4. Al says:

    wow!! Better check with Education Minnesota Gov!!

  5. G Dog says:

    Insulting to teachers. Why would anyone want to become one?

    1. markH says:

      Actually, the Teachers Union is insulting to our children. Take the time to investigate how this union protects and fosters incompetence, apathy, and mediocrity. Teacher’s union does NOT allow great teachers to be rewarded with additional compensation. However, poor teachers can be retained year after year, with painfully difficult measures to have them actually removed from their position. If we want meaningful changes to our public education system, the first step is to stand up to the teachers unions and demand change from them-either that or bust the unions entirely.

      1. G Dog says:

        Go back to your Slurpee Machine, Mark and get me a large Cherry Slurpee.

        How about YOU have to take a test before having a kid?

      2. Tom says:

        @ markH

        You seem to putting all the blame on the teachers! How about those two people called parents? They should share in some of the blame!

      3. MB's trained parrots says:

        I suspect you couldn’t score with the gym teacher huh mark ? Guess that made him 1000% smarter than you. sorry for your inability to function.

    2. Tom says:

      @ G Dog

      That is a good question! Teachers do not have much power as they use to. They used to be able to decipline children in the classroom, now if they put their hands on the child the parents will file a lawsuit againest the teacher and the school.

      1. The Architect says:

        I don’t want someone else putting their hands on my kids. That’s my job. If you can’t convince a child to cooperate in your class, maybe it’s your own fault.

  6. politicianssux says:

    Afterall, this is for the children right? That is what we all here everytime they want a referendum, it is so they can pay for the best and brightest teachers to provide for ouir childrens future. It is about time that we hold someone accountable for having some skill in teaching our children. Now if we can just get the legislature to quit making mandates, since not one of them holds a superintendents license…

  7. Will says:

    The basic three R’s in secondary education are obviously rootball, racketball, and rolleyball. If you coach you don’t have to teach.

  8. Brett says:

    My guess is, is that the gov isn’t to keen on tests, especially when it comes to teachers… I know that there are a lot of good teachers out there doing a good job in a tough environment, but what I’m wait to see is for the governor to put his foot down and tell idiot parents that their stupid lawsuits against good teachers will no longer be TOLERATED.,

    1. The Architect says:

      Which “stupid” lawsuits do you mean please?

  9. G Dog says:

    $100 fine on the parents for every “F” their kid gets.

    1. Les Johnson says:

      Dumbest idea of the day award.

      Start having the government take citizens’ money away for their children’s lack of academic success as 9 year olds.

      How do you even find your way here day after day?

  10. G Dog says:

    And their parent has to take off work to attend a class on parenting.

  11. G Dog says:

    And no taking your kid out of class for Florida vacations, hockey tournaments, fishing opener, deer opener, American Idol auditions, Harry Potter and other movie openings, soccer tournaments, Take Your Child to Work day where you sell pull tabs at a local bar, state tournaments where your kid goes home and raids your liquor cabinet instead of going to the game, taking the kid out of school during finals week…………………………………………………..

    1. Les Johnson says:

      I’ve taken my boys out of school for hockey tournaments, deer opener, Florida vacations and more. I plan to do it again. A lot. That’s what life is for. Life is not for being chained to a desk and force-fed information out of a book to satisfy some government Shmo’s idea of what my kids need to learn, and by what age. They can go pound sand. While they’re at it, homework should be banned as well. I don’t go to work for 8-10 hours a day and then come home and do the work I didn’t do while I was at work. Absurd. Teachers get my kids for 7-8 hours per day. Use THAT time. Stop taking MY time to teach my kids what needs to be teached to get along in life that a government school program can’t come close to doing…

  12. G Dog says:

    And if you miss your kid’s parent/teacher conference, another $100 fine. If you ask for the teacher to provide extra credit when your kid has blown off the entire term, another $100 fine.

    How is that parental responsibility sitting with you GOP and public school bashers???

  13. G Dog says:

    Why all the posts?

    I am sick and tired of you “drive by education experts” telling me how to do my job when I have no control of who enters my classroom and the parental influences, or lack thereof, that have shaped these kids.

    I do the best I can with what I have. Give me some credit, instead of ignorant criticism.

  14. mike says:

    Who is writing the test? If it’s like most of government they can’t accomplish anything without a committee. Then the committee is made up of people that have no idea how anything works and don’t go and ask for someone that has experience how they should continue.

  15. Nica says:

    Teachers already take tests before they can become licensed to teach. (The article even mentions that they do.)

    Although it has been a while since I took it, the one I took was very basic and any teacher should be able to pass it before they can teach. I am not sure it the test has become more rigorous since then or not.

    For those of you interested in actual facts about legislation that is being presented at the state level, the group behind it and who funnels money into that group, research the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

  16. Goob says:

    Reading, writing, and math?? There’s a whole lot more to teaching than that….I fear the online education system for ALL students is approaching. Go back to 1965 classroom rules. WE made it!!

  17. Tk says:

    Teachers already take a test like this. It is called the PST 1. It is required before you even apply yo a licensure program.

  18. Gina G says:

    Teachers take several tests to get their licenses. There is a basic test to even enter the teaching program and yes, this test is very simple. But then you have to take a total of five test to get your license. Math, science, language arts and pedagogy. Teachers have to pay for them and if you fail you pay and take it again until you pass. These tests were more of a challenge and I am guessing the average person without the education degree might take a time or two to pass them especially the pedagogy. These tests are on top of the four years of undergrad I did at the UofM and the year of graduate school. I am confused on how teachers do not take tests to teach?

  19. Murph says:

    Now, if we just had a politician testing bill to vote on.We’d be on the right track.Instead of riding with the Devil at the wheel on the wrong one!

  20. David says:

    Teachers should be the highest paid people on the planet. 1 good teacher is far more valuable than 10 CEO’s. I agree with the testing but how many jobs will this create? I thought the GOP was all about jobs.

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