Effective Immediately, California Teachers NOT Required to Pass the CBEST or CSET to Earn Credential
For some, this is a welcome relief, as many potential teachers have seen it as a barrier to a career they have been wanting to enter. For others, it may feel as if future teachers will be less qualified now.
Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between.
We can all admit that sometimes tests are difficult. Sometimes they outright kick our butt. But these are future teachers! Won’t they be administering tests for our children? Won’t they be subjecting some sort of evaluation or standard on our students? How can they hold our children accountable to some sort of measure if they aren’t willing to meet “some sort of standard” themselves? Well, they will, but it may not be in the form of the CBEST and CSET, for all of them. There are alternatives, including the SAT, CBAPE, CSU Placement Exam, ACT, portions of the CSET, and college course work. Maybe you agree or maybe you disagree, but it’s here now, so stay knowledgeable.
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