Evidence from Kentucky shows this, too
The Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board, which recently was reorganized under the Kentucky Department of Education instead of operating as a separate state agency, just removed the old requirement for all Kentucky teachers to earn a Master’s Degree prior to the end of their 10th year in the classroom.
It’s clear that this seems like a counterintuitive decision to those who have not looked at the research, but that research on the impact of education Master’s Degrees is rather extensive. Let’s look at some of it so you will be better informed than a whole lot of people who are currently tearing their hair out over this change.
To begin, at present not very many states require a Master’s Degree to continue teaching. According to Education Week, with Kentucky no longer in the Master’s required group, only Connecticut, Maryland, and New York continue to have this requirement.
That raises some serious questions for Kentucky. BIPPS readers are well aware of the facts about Kentucky’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) compared to other states, especially for our white students who comprise about four out of five public school students in the Bluegrass State. When you look at comparisons like the one below for NAEP Grade 8 Math for 2017 (assembled with the NAEP Data Explorer web tool),
the state clearly performs VERY poorly. So, it’s clear that Kentucky’s former requirement for teachers to obtain a Master’s Degree wasn’t translating into better student performance. Far from it. When the vast majority of the states outperform us, as you see demonstrated on this map, and virtually all don’t require Master’s Degrees to teach, the message is quite apparent.