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Statement from Jeb Bush on AFT Bar Exam Proposal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida from 1999-2007 and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence of Education, released the following statement regarding American Federation for Teacher’s (AFT) proposal that new teachers take a bar-like exam.
“I’m glad to see AFT recognizes the value of high-stakes testing to measure whether an individual has the skills necessary to be successful in his or her chosen career.”
“The AFT proposal includes several recommendations that are aligned with those made by others, including the National Council on Teacher Quality and a recent McKinsey and Company report. While this proposal is a step in the right direction, it lacks specifics in critical areas. Are current teachers required to take the exam for recertification? How will AFT ensure that the level of difficulty, the metrics and passing thresholds result in an assessment that is the same caliber as the bar exam? AFT has been a leader in demanding teachers are trained in the science of reading, and yet the report is silent on this issue. To transform education, we must also transform teaching to a profession instead of a trade.”