Hey Folks, I was wondering what the history of the math CSET is. Is this a relatively new exam because of NCLB? Or, did all of my junior high and high school math teachers have to take an exam of this type? (I went to school in NYC.) For some reason, I highly doubt this, as a few of the teachers I remember could barely understand what they were teaching. Others, of course, were terrific, which is what I hope to be as a career changer math teacher. From reading all these forums, I feel a little discouraged at how difficult it is to pass the CSET math exams. (I believe I passed subtest II yesterday, but will have to study really hard again for I, and then again for III). Good thing I have some time to take these. Isn't there a shortage of math teachers, and isn't the U.S. far too behind compared to other countries? Although my last math class was probably about 8 years ago, I do know I'm a capable at math. Or, I was capable back in high school (I got a perfect math score on the SAT, 800, and over 750 on the math SAT II's). In college, I did fairly well on my math classes, never below a B+. But, I suppose having high standards is a good thing. But to have only...what is it..15-20% of people pass the math CSET? Is that too difficult? I wonder if there are people who attempt to become math teachers, but end up not teaching math because they can't pass. (Which, may or may not be a good thing. I'm sure many of you would feel that if you can't pass the CSET, you shouldn't be in the classroom.) For those who do pass, good career prospects! Anyhow, my basic question is: Where do you draw the line between high standards for teachers vs. trying to get more math teachers in this classroom?