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#GivingTuesday: Certification Support for Teachers

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Our team has proudly served over 300 teachers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam through our research-driven licensure exam support system! We are very proud of our 75% pass or score increase rate, which far exceeds the national average for teachers of color. We are honored to do this work, and thank you in advance for your support!!

$5,000 = Full Certification for Elementary (K-6) Teachers (up to 6 exams)
$2,500 = Full Certification for Non K-6 Teachers (up to 2 exams)
$1,000 = Professional Tutor for one (1) month
$250 = Exam Registration (2-3 exams)
$150 = Exam Registration (1-2 exams)
$100 = 2 Licensure Exam Books
$50 = 1 Licensure Exam Book
$25 = 1 Pre-Assessment

According to research, Black teachers have the highest turnover/quit rates of all teachers demographics (Carver-Thomas, 2018). This finding is even more pronounced due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Camp et al., 2022). Research indicates one of the biggest hurdles facing current and future Black teachers is licensure exams which can be very costly, especially for students coming from low-income homes (Fletcher, 2022). In fact, Black teachers are the least likely of all demographics to pass licensure exams such as the Praxis (NCTQ, 2019) and the least likely to enter and remain in the classroom.

***Between 2000 and 2018, the number of Black teachers increased by just 11,000, less than 1,000 per year. White teachers increased by 279,000, Hispanic teachers grew by 162,000, and Asian teachers increased by 27,000 (NCES, 2018).

For the past two years, the Test Prep Institute, an initiative of the Fletcher Education Solutions consulting team, has researched this particular challenge and has worked closely with teachers one-on-one to provide resources and a tutor for various licensure exams.

Given the inevitable impact COVID-19 will have on Black teachers, we are raising funds to double down on our efforts to help as many teachers as possible pass their licensure exam in 2023. 100% of the funds received will be used to purchase books, flashcards, and tutors (certified, experienced teachers) for each participant.

Please visit our website for more information. You can also email [email redacted] for more details. 

References and Additional Information

Camp, Andrew, Gema Zamarro, and Josh B. McGee. (2022). Changes in Teachers’ Mobility and Attrition in Arkansas During the First Two Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-589). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

Carver-Thomas, 2018

Does America Really Want More Black Teachers?

Fletcher, T. L. (2022). Barriers to entry for Black pre-service teachers. Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI29066677.

National Center for Education Statistics. (2018). Number and percentage distribution of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by instructional level and selected teacher and school characteristics: 1999-2000 and 2017-18. Retrieved from:

National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). (2019). A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce. National Council on Teacher Quality. Washington, DC. Retrieved from:

You're More Likely to Pass the Bar Than an Elementary Teacher Licensing Exam


Fletcher Education Solutions
Pine Bluff, AR

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