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Legislative Report on State Teacher Certification by armedman1


									Legislative Report on State
  Teacher Certification

 Council on Military Education in Texas
            and the South
            Dr. Millie Klein
 State Board of Education
   SBOE

 State Board for Educator Certification
   SBEC   (4 legislative sessions ago)
Types of Teaching Certificates
 Standard (Sept. 1, 1999)
 Provisional (no longer issued)
 Professional (no longer issued)
 One-year
 Probationary
 Temporary
 Emergency
 School District Teaching Certificate
Routes to Educator
Certification in Texas
 University-based Programs
   Delivered as part of a baccalaureate
      No state requirements on # of hours
      Requires student teaching

   Student must be recommended by the
   Student must pass both portions of state
 Alternative Programs for Educator
   Offered by universities, school districts and
    service centers
   May include university courses
   Require internship and mentoring by an
    experienced educator trained in mentoring
   Must pass appropriate tests
   Must pass criminal check
 Additional Certification Based on
   Certified  teacher may add additional
    certification by exam
   Career and technology certification may be
    added based on skill and work experience
 Certification Based on Credentials from
 Another State
   May  receive a one-year certificate based
    on SBEC review
   Must pass appropriate exams during the
    validity of the certificate
   Receives a standard certificate
 Certification Based on Credentials from
 Another Country
   SBEC   evaluation (might need a deficiency
   Must be language proficient
   Must pass appropriate exams
 Teaching Without Certification
   Emergency certificate
      Requires university deficiency plan
      Requires course work
      Does not require student teaching
      Student is employed while taking course work
      Student must pass appropriate exams
      Student receives a standard certificate

   Must   be initiated by a district
Proposed Certification Route(Temporary
Certification HB 318)

 Recommended by SBEC
 Approved by the State Board of
 Final review by the State Board of
  Educator Certification
   Grades 8 – 12 (only)
   Review April 2, 2004
 Baccalaureate or advanced degree from an
    accredited institution
   An academic major or interdisciplinary
    academic major (other than education)
   Major must be related to at least one area of
    the state curriculum
   Pass required state exams
   Pass a criminal history background check by
    submitting fingerprints for review
 Employed under a probationary contract
  (for two years)
 District(s) must provide SBEC evidence
  of the following training
   Research-based   mentoring
 District pre-service (and on-going)
 training that includes
   School  policies and relevant state and
    federal law
   Instructional methods and strategies
   Curriculum organization, planning, and
    evaluation, including the TEKS (in
    appropriate subject area)
   Classroom management
Sample concerns:
 Encourages placement of untrained
  individuals in the classroom
 Removes certification from the state
 Promotes high attrition
 Creates substandard certification
 Transfers training requirements to cash-
  strapped districts
 Reaches beyond the scope of SBEC
 Requires an unrealistic appraisal process
 Allows temporary certificate holders to be
  assigned outside their areas of expertise
        – Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)

 These issues are currently being addressed
  by SBEC rules
Texas Issues Related to No Child
Left Behind (NCLB)
 Highly Qualified Teachers
   In the following areas:
         English/Language Arts/Reading
         Fine Arts
         Math
         Sciences
         Social Studies
         Foreign Languages
     Consequence
         Loss of all Title I monies
Federal definition of ―Highly
 Bachelor’s degree
 Full state certification
 Demonstrated competence in the core
  academic subject area assigned
New elementary teachers
 Hired after first day of instruction 02-03
  must have:
   Bachelor’s  Degree, and
   Certification in the area, and
   Passed ExCET or TExES
Experienced elementary teachers,
 Bachelor’s Degree, and
 Certified in the area, and
 Passed ExCET or TExES, or
 Meet High Objective Uniform State
  Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE)
HOUSSE for elementary teachers

 Option A—at least 1 creditable year of
  experience and a total of 24 points
     1 point for each year of teaching (12 pts. Max)
     1 point for each hour of college coursework in
      ELA, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies
     1 point for every 15 hrs. of professional
     Each subject must be represented in the 24 points
Elementary teachers (con’t.)

 Option B—at least 1 creditable year of
 experience and a college major (24
 hours with 12 being upper division) or
 the equivalent in the subject to be
Secondary teachers, grades 7 - 12

 All secondary teachers must have:
   Bachelor’s  degree
   Certification in any area
   And in the specific area assigned
     Passed ExCET or TExES, or
     Academic Major, or

     Graduate Degree, or

     Meet HOUSSE
HOUSSE for secondary teachers

 At least 1 creditable year of experience and a
  total of 24 points
   1 point for each year of teaching (12 points
   1 point for each hour of college coursework in the
    subject to be taught or closely related field
   1 point for every 15 hours of professional
    development in the subject or closely related field
   6 points must represent the subject taught
Implications for school districts

 HR departments must place a summary
 of the teacher option used to make each
 teacher highly qualified in the teacher’s
 permanent record
 Missouri Site:
 Louisiana Site:
 Texas

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