Policy Report

The History, Current Use, and Impact of Entrance and Licensure Examinations Cut Scores on the Teacher-of-Color Pipeline

A Structural Racism Analysis

Leslie Fenwick
June 2021 | American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

This report from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) identifies the decline of Black candidates entering the teaching profession as a major barrier to education equity for Black students. The report argues that this issue of racial under-representation contributes to observed achievement gaps between Black and non-Black students. The report also criticizes the historical methods of evaluating teacher competencies and argues that these evaluations are often culturally biased. The report also questions the numerical cutoff scores for assessments, asking whether the cutoff scores are more political and arbitrary than true indicators of teacher effectiveness.