Every school board in Florida is experiencing teacher shortage. The reasons are many, but for the most part it is not because teachers are underpaid and hardly appreciated. The reason we are having teacher shortage is the fact that the new Florida Department of Education teacher certification test fails 50% of new teachers. The new teaching certification test is created to be “rigorous”, which means that it is created unreasonably hard, it doesn’t test what it means to test, but Pearson and the FDOE get to make millions on test fees for takes and retakes.
As a Florida parent, I admire the pursuit of “rigor” in the classroom. I want my kids teachers to be knowledgable and up to par. However, instead of providing our kids with best teachers our kids are now going to be in the hands of substitutes, who don’t need to have any certification. The lack of permanent teacher alone will create chaos in classrooms and disrupt education. How can Florida Department of Education say that they care about education if this is the outcome of their actions? This is the worst possible scenario.