First and foremost, I want to thank you all for engaging in the debate against the State Board of Education’s proposed Tiered Certification rule. Hundreds of you expressed your displeasure through e-mails and by showing up at the three public hearings. Just know, because of you, the State Board of Education made substantial modifications to the rule which they presented last week and some of the most damaging portions of the rule have been somewhat mitigated.
So what’s next? The newly proposed Tiered Certification rule, heads to the legislature with a ‘promise’ that items removed from the rule will reappear in Career Ladder legislation. Though much improved, we still have serious concerns about the modified Tiered Certification rule which will be brought before the legislature. We continue to believe that the State Board should step back and begin this process again, and this time significant and sustained input from classroom teachers and professional educators must be included.
What changes were made to the rule? Below is a short analysis of the modifications. Again, the new rule is a major improvement over the previous rule, but it still has many objectionable provisions that will continue to hurt the Idaho teaching profession. The IEA is concerned that the Career Ladder legislation will have more harmful language for performance requirements tied to compensation, so we all need to watch this closely.
The positive changes to the rule include:
- Elimination of the “Mastery Level.” The proposed rule is now a two-tiered system – Residency and Professional.
- Removes the required use of the SBAC (ISAT 2.0) and IRI for student growth/assessments.
- Changes the required assessment measures from three to “one or more” using the assessments as defined in the rule under Measurable Student Achievement (007.08)
- Student growth measures and targets are to be determined at the district level in collaboration with the teacher.
- Only requires one observer for the two observations, already outlined in Idaho law. A second observer can be requested by the teacher or the administrator.
- Renewal of the Professional Certificate is no longer tied to local evaluations in this proposed rule. The current practice of earning six credits every five years remains in place.
- Eliminates the Contingency Professional Certificate.
- Recognizes National Board Certification and Masters Degrees as endorsements in corresponding subject areas.
The negative aspects of the rule include:
While a second observer is no longer required in the proposed rule, IEA does not agree with the administrator’s ability to request a second observer.
- The pre-service and Residency Certificates are still determined by local evaluations.
- Continues Residency Certificate as proposed in the original rule, with minor exceptions.
- Pre-service teachers would still be required to receive 22 Basic marks on a Danielson-aligned evaluation in order to receive a recommendation from the Institute of Higher Education
- Teachers holding Residency Certificates would still be required to receive 16 out of 22 proficient marks on their local evaluations in two of three years to receive a Professional Certification in Idaho.
- Student Growth will still be required in moving from Residency to Professional Certificates.
- Teachers holding a Residency Certificate, who don’t meet the local evaluation and the growth measures, may not receive a Professional Certificate to teach in Idaho and would need to return to college to seek improvement.
- The punitive parts of the tiered certification rule may come back in Career Ladder legislation as stated in the November 13 revised rule, “The specific performance requirements that have been removed from the proposed certification rule will be amended and added to the career ladder legislation. Amendments to the career ladder legislation will be provided to the Board at their next Board meeting for consideration.”
We must continue to be strong advocates for teachers, students, and public education as the legislature deliberates these issues in the upcoming session. Your voices will be needed again as the process moves forward, and I know that IEA can count on your support. Be sure to view the complete rule, along with other resources on the Tiered Certification issue, on the IEA website at http://idahoea.org.
Thanks again for standing up for yourselves, your profession, and public education in Idaho. Stay tuned for more information about the next steps in the process and when/where your engagement will be needed. I value your input so please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With thanks for all you do,
President, Idaho Education Association