Nebraska eases scoring requirements for future teachers

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska officials are easing scoring on a test for future teachers so more applicants can pass.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the applicants can now pass if the sum of their scores is high enough, instead of having separate high scores in math, reading and writing.

The state adopted the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test three years ago to screen applicants for teacher-education programs. It's typically taken during a student's sophomore year.

The three-part test is designed to measure a student's knowledge, skills and ability deemed important in a beginning teacher.

Nebraska State Board of Education member, Rachel Wise, says the change to composite scoring won't reduce teacher quality. She says it will provide more flexibility.

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