Cleveland: Tough new testing for teachers

6:03 PM, Sep 25, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- It takes a special kind of teacher to be successful in an urban school district.

That's why the Cleveland school district is using a pre-test to screen applicants for 150 teaching openings.

They are using the Haberman Testing Model -- which is supposed to be a good predictor of teachers who can relate to high poverty, at-risk students.

Teachers are being screened before they are hired.

CEO Eric Gordon has said they are "proactively screening for the best educators" as they hire more teachers.

The test is to see how candidates adjust to change, frustrations and tough working environments. How they relate to children in urban settings is also key. The passage rate is said to be 50 percent nationwide.


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