TO: The Education Professional Standards Board
FROM: Phillip S. Rogers
DATE: June 28, 2006
SUBJECT: July 2006 EPSB Update Memo
First, let me say a word of appreciation for your hard work during the recent Board retreat and
June EPSB meeting. In my six and half years with the EPSB, I cannot recall a more positive and
productive retreat. The discussion was relevant and rich, providing staff a clear understanding of
where to focus our work for the next year. From your comments it seems that the joint retreat
and June meeting is also a “keeper”; we will plan accordingly for next year.
Here are a couple of items I want to bring to your attention:
Continuing Education Option Scoring
July is one of the four times a year we score portfolios submitted for rank change through the
Continuing Education Option (CEO). (The other months are January, April, and October.)
According to Robert’s report at the retreat, 348 teachers have used the CEO for rank change
since it began in 1998.
I thought some of you might want more information about the CEO. We have an excellent
description of the CEO purpose and process on our web site. To access that description, click on
this link: Continuing Education Option.
For those who want a more detailed explanation, you can enroll in the free online course that all
teachers interested in participating in the CEO must complete prior to being accepted into a CEO
cohort. To find the course, go to www.KyEducators.org and click on the rank change link.
TPA scoring reliability panels
We had 167 people participate in the Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA) review that was
held in Lexington last month. The feedback from participants has been very positive. The week
after the training the development team used the information from the panels to put the finishing
touches on materials for the June 29th KTIP Train the Trainers session.
Dr. Jerry Giraud from Western Oregon University and Russ French from Tennessee (members of
our external evaluation team) attended the TPA review. Both reported that Kentucky’s efforts
are starting to be recognized at the national level. Dee Jones has been invited to present a
session describing our efforts to implement the TPA at a conference sponsored by Western
Oregon University, AACTE, and ECS July 19-21.
Review and Validation Panels
Last month we had 84 participants from school districts and institutions of higher education
serve on review and validation panels providing much needed feedback on the new teacher
I want to say a special word of appreciation to both Jaime Rice and Linda Bowker (both are in
Robert Brown’s division). Both Jaime and Linda work very hard to make sure that the panels
not only meet the essential technical requirements but also that our panelists are well cared for
and our appreciation for their service known.
Kentucky Education Network
The first meeting of the Kentucky Education Network (KEN) was convened June 19th, the result
of our joint budget proposal with the Council on Post Secondary Education (CPE) and the
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). Although the full amount of the request was not
funded (as I informed you at the retreat), we do have funds to start the design and basic
development phase of a shared system that will permit the cross-agency sharing of data.
Secretary Ginni Fox, Commissioner Wilhoit, President Layzell (CPE), Secretary John Farris
(Finance and Administration Cabinet), and I form the Executive Committee that will oversee this
important work. Soon a web address will be available so you may keep up with the progress of
the KEN. An information item providing an update will be forthcoming at a fall Board meeting.
USDoE Committee Recommends Continued Five-Year Recognition for NCATE and
Increases Agency's Scope
On June 5, the U.S. Department of Education's (USDoE) National Advisory Committee on
Institutional Quality and Integrity held a hearing on NCATE's recognition as a specialized
accrediting body, after a Department staff report concluded that NCATE had met all 50-plus
criteria for continued recognition. The Committee unanimously recommended that the U.S.
Department of Education grant NCATE recognition for the full period of five years and also
recommended approval to expand NCATE's scope of recognition "to include its accreditation of
programs offering distance education.*" No issues or problems were cited in the Department's
staff report on NCATE. (Adapted from an NCATE email update.)
*As you remember we did have a discussion during the retreat regarding distance learning
standards. Now these standards will be part of the accreditation process.
Judy Wolpe’s passing
Although Judy’s name may not be familiar to some of you, she has been a great friend of
Kentucky’s NBPTS efforts. Judy was our NBPTS regional representative and traveled to
Kentucky often to support our NBPTS goals. I regret to inform you that on June 16, while on
vacation with her husband in Guatemala, Judy drowned. According to her husband’s email, it
seems she was a victim of an unusually strong undertow while swimming in the ocean. Since
some of you may know her, I wanted to let you know of Judy’s untimely death. We all certainly
want to remember her family in our thoughts and prayers. Judy leaves behind a husband, four
sons, her father, her brother, and two sisters.
EPSB Research Conference
On June 7th and 8th, 2006, some 60 members of the education research and policy communities in
Kentucky gathered at Spindletop Hall, just north of Lexington, to discuss recent research on
teacher quality in the Commonwealth. In addition to final reports from the six projects funded
through the EPSB Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant, the attendees also heard from the invited
guest, Richard Ingersoll, a prominent scholar of the teaching profession from the University of
Pennsylvania. Ingersoll outlined data to support his argument that improving teacher support
and working conditions will help attack teacher attrition problems in the country. In all, the
conference created considerable enthusiasm about the relevance and quality of research work
being conducted in Kentucky, and many participants expressed their hope that the EPSB can
continue convening researchers and policymakers to discuss research findings after the TQEG
comes to an end.
New Dean at EKU
Dr. William L. Phillips is the new Dean of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Education.
Since 1999 Dr. Phillips has served as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, a state-supported institution with an enrollment of
From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Phillips was chair of the Department of Special Education and Director
of International Teacher Education at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. While there, he
created K-16 partnerships with several Pacific countries and launched the Department of Special
Education. He also previously taught at Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Southern
Mississippi in 1976, a master’s in special education from the University of Mississippi in 1978,
and a doctoral degree in special education from Southern Mississippi in 1987. (Adapted from an
announcement on EKU’s web site.)
FYI: An Interesting article
You can find an interesting article on the effects of teachers on learning at: Climb Every
Mountain by LAURA LOGERFO
Kentucky Teaching Standards
In August we will be asking Tom to appoint a committee to revise the Kentucky Teaching
Standards. As you may remember, the recommendation to combine the New and Experienced
Teacher Standards into one set of standards came from the Master’s Degree Redesign Taskforce.
Dr. Marilyn Troupe will lead this committee and wants to have representation from the EPSB. If
you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Marilyn or Tom.
Inside the Apple
I forwarded you all a copy of the new EPSB newsletter dubbed Inside the Apple. Marcie Puckett
does an excellent job of putting this together for us. It is a way for EPSB staff to stay up to date
with what is going on with coworkers throughout the agency.
Meetings, Conferences, Etc.
July 1/17 -- Submission of CEO Portfolios
July 4 -- EPSB Offices Closed
July 7 -- Robert Brown to speak at Campbellsville University
July 9/11 -- NCTAF Conference
July 11 -- KTIP and LEAD Regional Meeting (Natural Bridge)
July 12 -- NKCES Meeting
July 12/14 -- ECS Conference
July 12 -- Robert to present IMS at KATC/KySTE Conference in Murray
July 13 -- Leadership Institute on Health meeting
July 13 -- KTIP and LEAD Regional Meeting (Grant County High School)
July 14 -- KTIP and LEAD Regional Meeting (EPSB Offices)
July 18 -- Education Leadership Redesign Task Force meeting (initial meeting)
July 19 -- KEDC Meeting
July 19/21 -- KASA Conference
July 20 -- Training for CEO Scorers
July 21 -- Scoring CEO Portfolios
July 21 -- EPSB Agency-wide meeting and picnic (Juniper Hills City Park)
July 23/26 -- NASH and Ed Trust Meeting
July 25 -- Leadership Team meeting
July 25 -- Phil to appear on Rep. Jon Draud’s television program “Education Issues”
July 26 -- OVEC Meeting
July 26 -- KVEC Meeting
July 27 -- CEO Advisory Committee Meeting
July 27/28 -- KACTE Summer Retreat (Sam Evans and Jim Cibulka are presenting)
FYI: Acronyms and abbreviations:
AACTE – American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
CEO – Continuing Education Option
ECS -- Education Commission of the States
GRREC – Green River Region Educational Cooperative
KASA – Kentucky Association of School Administrators
KACTE – Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Educators
KATC - Kentucky Academy of Technology Education
KySTE - Kentucky Society for Technology in Education
KEDC – Kentucky Education Development Cooperative
LEAD – Local Educator Assignment Data
NASDTEC – National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
NBPTS – National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
NCATE – National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NCTAF – National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
OVEC – Ohio Valley Education Cooperative
SREB – Southern Region Education Board
TPA – Teacher Performance Assessments
TQEG – Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant