Guam - Guam Education Board chairman Dr. Jose Cruz is looking to
revisit teacher standards. During today's table talks on education Cruz was
open minded to using composite PRAXIS scores and working with the Guam
Commission for Educator Certification, which presently believes accepting
composite scores verses individual scores is lowering teacher standards.
"I'm suggesting to them that it's not really lowering the
standards it really merits an attention to standards because it hasn't been
touched for ten years," he said.
Over 40 DOE teachers failed to meet certification requirements of
a minimum grade of 173 in reading, 170 in writing, and 170 in math. Although
most are still with the department, many are now in limited-term status. Cruz hopes
to get more information from other states as well as locally on how teacher
hopefuls are scoring.