In an effort to combat a shortage of educators in K-12 career tech fields, the Alabama Department of Education Board approved a new skills assessment that aligns the testing areas more closely with the subject matter.
While educators in career tech subjects, such as welding, were previously required to pass the same certification standards as an English teacher, the new assessment would require tests in the areas of applied math, business writing and workplace documents.
With five board members present, the resolution passed unanimously.
State superintendent Eric Mackey said this change has been a year in the making.
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