DC considers eliminating social worker exam

Discr in Regulation, Examination Issues,

The D.C. Council is considering eliminating the exam requirement for certain social workers to address concerns of racial bias. A bill has been proposed to remove the exam for entry and masters-level licensure applicants while retaining supervision requirements. This move aims to address a shortage of social workers and address racial disparities in exam pass rates, where people of color consistently fare worse than their white counterparts. Supporters argue that the exam fails to capture cultural nuances and real-world experience, limiting opportunities for social workers of color. However, opponents assert that systemic educational challenges, not the exam itself, are the primary issue. The Council has yet to set a date for voting on the measure.

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