Judge: NY teacher exam not discriminatory just because minorities score lower

Judge: NY teacher exam not discriminatory just because minorities score lower
Judge Kimba Wood

A federal judge in New York has deigned to allow a teacher licensing exam which tests rudimentary academic skills and knowledge.

Judge Kimba M. Wood issued her ruling Friday, reports The New York Times.

In June, Wood had struck down another test of basic knowledge used by New York City to vet potential teachers. Wood concluded that the test illegally discriminated against racial minorities because members of racial minorities scored lower on it.

Members of racial minorities also score lower on the test Wood has allowed but, she reasoned, the low scores on the new test of basic knowledge are totally different than the low scores on the old test of basic knowledge.

Wood, a judge in the Southern District of New York, ruled that the two tests are different because the new one more accurately evaluates the skills needs for teaching successfully.

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