1 in 5 new Texas teachers were hired without certification last year

Nearly 1 in 5 new teachers hired in Texas last year went into the classroom without a state certification, new Texas Education Agency data reveals. The sharp spike raises questions about the preparedness of thousands of educators who are entering the profession at a tumultuous time.

State officials want to bolster educator quality, but Texas is struggling with teacher shortages in key areas. The scramble to fill vacancies contributed to the growing number of uncertified teachers, worrying some education researchers.

“Certification may not be perfect, but it does suggest some commitment to the field and some level of preparation and training,” said Ryan Franklin, policy and advocacy director at the nonprofit Educate Texas.

Read more on The Dallas Morning News.


Most Popular