Members of the House Education Committee are expected to be asked to print the 33-page omnibus career ladder/tiered certification bill sometime this week.
Committee members got their first glimpse at the proposal last Friday morning. Though no official version of the plan has been provided to members of the public, the IEA was able to secure a copy of the draft last week. We learned late this afternoon that there are sections of the proposal that have already been reworked, but we do not have access to the details yet.
The agenda for Tuesday’s House Education Committee meeting does not include the topic of Career Ladders, but House Education Vice-Chair Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree) told the IEA that committee members may be asked to print it as early as Wednesday.
Over the next few days, we will do a deep dive into the various parts of the plan. Today we will focus on the changes to teacher certification.
Tiered Certification: How It Changes Under Legislative Proposal
The final four pages of the Career Ladder/Tiered Certification proposal introduced in the House Education Committee by Governor Otter’s Education aide, Marilyn Whitney, are dedicated to the Tiered Certification portion of the plan.
Based on the most-current version of the plan, teacher certification will be modified. Here is a brief synopsis of the proposed modifications:
- Idaho teaching certification will move from a single-tiered certification system to a two-tiered system: Residency and Professional.
- Nothing in the proposed plan appears to change the current system re: recertification (earn 6 credits every 5 years) with one very important difference: teachers will need to receive an endorsement to move into the Professional tier.
- Any individual issued a certificate after July 1, 2015 will receive mentoring, as outlined in the Individualized Professional Learning Plan.
- After holding an Idaho teaching certificate for three (3) years, the teacher may apply for an Idaho Professional endorsement.
- To be eligible for the Professional endorsement, the teacher must:
- Have held a certificate for at least three (3) years or have completed a SBE interim certificate;
- Meet the criteria to move to the professional compensation rung;
- Show a MAJORITY of his/her students have met their measurable student achievement or growth targets;
- Have a written recommendation from his/her employing school district;
- Have an annual individualized professional learning plan developed in conjunction with his/her supervisor.
- Any teacher who has held a certificate for three (3) or more years will automatically obtain a Professional endorsement. All others will need to meet the above requirements to achieve that endorsement.
- Any individual who is unable to demonstrate proficiency could be frozen on the Residency level of the local pay grid until s/he achieves the required endorsement.