Would-be teachers in New York must pass a state exam called the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, or LAST, to demonstrate a basic grasp of English, math, history and science.
They have four hours to answer 80 multiple-choice questions, which feature short passages, graphs, pictures and poems — and they must also write a coherent essay.
It’s not asking much. Teachers only have to score 67 percent on the multiple-choice portion, and the questions are absurdly easy. As a former city teacher told The Post, the exam is “high-school level, so anyone with a high-school [diploma] should be able to pass it, regardless of race.”
But that hasn’t been the case. Back in the 1990s, whites passed at far higher rates than blacks and Hispanics.
Judge Kimba Wood found that the LAST had a “disparate impact” on black and Hispanic applicants and violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The city may be held liable by individual teachers who lost pay and seniority — and Wood also demanded that a “special monitor” be appointed to investigate any exams used by the state to license teachers.
In case you’re wondering about this judge, she attended a very welcoming university that admits everyone – regardless of grades or test scores – called Harvard.