Teacher Testing

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The start of a new school year next month is also the beginning of new requirements for teacher certification in the state of Wisconsin.

College graduates seeking their teaching license will be required to pass a specialized subject proficiency test known as the Praxis II. The test is already required in many states, including Minnesota.

Members of the state's largest union are expressing concern over testing they feel is unnecessary.

"Our concern is that if we push too hard and the standards that we already have are very high at the state level, this could deter a lot of the students at the university level that are looking to go into the profession of teaching," Jo Ellen Burke of Eau Claire Association of Educators.

A UW-Eau Claire education official says the cost of the test is also a concern, since students would pay at least $135 out of pocket.