While many states are adopting stricter standards for teachers, Iowa is one of just two states that do not require prospective middle- and high-school teachers to pass tests. The state also has the lowest standard for passing on tests required for would-be elementary-school teachers. Some say Iowa sets the bar too low, while others say the system works because of safeguards such as extra monitoring to weed out weak teacher candidates from training programs and probationary teaching positions.

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