BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Aspiring teachers will face tougher admissions standards to get into a teacher preparation program at the State University of New York.
Graduate and undergraduate students will have to have a 3.0 average or be in the top 30 percent of their class to enter a teaching program. They'll also have to pass an entrance exam.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the changes on Monday. They were adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees last week and take effect in the 2015-16 school year.
The changes were among recommendations of the New NY Education Reform Commission, which was appointed last year to find ways to improve schools. Cuomo supported the idea in his 2013 State of the State address.
SUNY's 17 teacher preparation programs train about a quarter of the state's teachers.
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