A commenter (who goes by flteachermom5) on yesterday’s Gradebook post on the ACT results noted the sorry passing rates on the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) for chemistry, math and physics. In chemistry, 493 teachers took the exam, and only 53% passed. In math, only 47% of the 2,533 exam-takers passed. In physics, the pass rate was 44% of the 255 exam-takers.
The pass rate for the total of 160,930 exams taken in all areas was 74%. The pass rate in physics was the lowest in any field, and the pass rates in chemistry and math were among the lowest.
Florida is one of only eleven states awarded a green light by the National Council on Teacher Quality for its science teacher certification program. According to the NCTQ, in all other states secondary science teachers can “obtain general-science certifications or combination licenses across multiple science disciplines. In most cases, these teachers need only pass a general-knowledge science exam that does not ensure subject-specific content knowledge.”