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Would-be New York teachers face licensing test

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York education officials say about 83 percent of the first would-be teachers required to take a new "bar exam" have passed so far.

Any college student graduating after May 1 has to pass the new test, called the edTPA, to be certified as a New York teacher. It's the latest in a series of education reforms.

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But amid backlash from teacher prep programs and student teachers, state education officials are discussing the possibility of conditional certification for those who fail.  Whether to grant a two-year certificate to give students time to redo the edTPA is on the Board of Regents' agenda Tuesday.

The test requires student teachers to submit video of themselves teaching, along with written reflections, proving they can plan, execute and assess a lesson. 

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