United Congregations of Metro East (UCM) has addressed issues with the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Teachers are one of our country's most valuable assets. The education field needs individuals who have the capacity to, not only master the class materials, but to relate to students. The teaching profession is missing out on some incredible individuals because they are not passing the TAP, which is required to enter teacher preparation programs.
The successful completion of the TAP does not allow you to enter the teacher program, it just allows you to enter the teacher preparation programs. We think that the minimum score requirements are unnecessarily high.
We have diligently worked to remove this burdensome state standardized test that inhibited people, specifically minorities, form participations in teaching programs in state universities exacerbating the current teacher shortage.