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Should Schools Test Teachers for Tech Proficiency before Hiring Them?

Learning & Leading with Technology magazine’s popular Point/Counterpoint and Readers Respond sections are looking for arguments on both sides of the question “Should schools test teachers for tech proficiency before hiring them?” to publish in the May issue of L&L. The deadline for submissions is March 15.  L&L is the membership magazine for the International Society for Technology in Education.

The U.S. No Child Left Behind Act requires teachers to prove they are “highly qualified” in each of the subjects they teach. Other state, federal, and international mandates require teachers to show proficiency or certification in various areas that they teach. To accomplish this, the public education system has absorbed much of the cost of professional development to bring teachers up to speed. Given that 21st-century skills are vital if our students are to be successful in a global economy, should schools require teachers to demonstrate proficiency in technology before they are hired, so schools don’t have to bear all the cost?

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