Teacher Licensure Task Force

Reporting Back - Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force Meeting on 11-7-13

Option 1: Appeals/Exemptions/Accommodations/Waivers

• Extended time (Address time between testing and receiving feedback)
• Appeals Board (possibly through BOT) to opt out (possibly individual tests, after taking a certain number of times, etc.)
• Language accommodations (possibly offer test in another language)
• Coursework to replace test (GPA)
• Licensed in another state
• Remove time limits
• Accommodations for non-native speakers
• Portfolio allowed
• The following teachers are exempt:

- Immersion (Experimental, Community leaders)

- All non-native English-speaking teachers of foreign language

• Align accommodations with the accommodations made for Minnesota students in our K-12 and higher education
• Include world language teachers in non-immersion schools in waivers for non-native speakers

Option 2: Keep Test But…

• Provide an alternate non-test path, such as portfolio, principal evaluation, other nationally-normed tests, coursework, or licensure from other state
• Use it as a diagnostic tool at the IHE
• Change the cut score
• Review test items and scope of item rigor
• Create different score for different teachers and licensure areas
• Align better with the basic skills test
• Extend time (more) for those that speak different languages other than English
• Review cost structure
• Move to the college level and provide remediation before program completion
• Three criteria for licensure:

1) edTPA

2) Modified test

3) Program completion

Option 3: Immersion/Math/Special Areas

• Special immersion license, which is taught only in the program
• Extend provisional license for immersion teachers
• Only require same level of math as the teaching level
• Only college-level math is required, but must decide what level that is
• Pass the appeals board at BOT
• Get credit for teaching in other states/countries

Option 4: Eliminate Test and Replace With…

• Successful completion of accredited teacher prep program
• Benchmarked score on ACT/SAT/GRE
• Principal observation/evaluation
• IHE assesses reading/writing skills as part of program
• Test must be taken before completion of program
• Come up with list of acceptable/equivalent skills tests for out-of-state candidates who have taken them in other states
• Porfolio
• edTPA
• Praxis
• A menu of options (perhaps the candidate has to achieve two of the five options above to receive a license)

Option 5: Change Test or Scoring

• Set cut score through correlation with nationally-normed tests
• Exams are used by many states
- Use nationally-normed tests, such as SAT, ACT
- Consider going back to the PRAXIS
• Need to:

- Test in another language

- Better reflect basic skills

• Reexamine current items

- Define basic and cultural bias

• Prompts in native language, particularly in writing and math

• Re-examine where benchmarks are set

• Go to a national test, not a Minnesota test

• Re-determine where the basic skills are

Option 6: Implementation Changes – Timeline, Retakes, Remediation, Other

• Better access; more materials; faster, immediate, useful feedback; strand data

• All testing should be done at college-level (before entering program)

• Remediation at college level (possibly to replace test)

• Minimize re-take cost

• Sign-up fee should be a one-time fee

• After “x” number of retakes, trigger an appeals process

• More feedback on test (Provide enough info, so candidate know the area for remediation)

• Shorten retake window from 60 days (i.e., 30 days)?

• Clear communication regarding the accommodations that are allowed

• After “x” number of retakes, automatically indicates targeted resources, such as tutor, mentor, test prep materials, courses, etc.

• An appeals process is in place

• Unlimited time at no added cost

• Detailed individual feedback for each test

• Differentiate benchmark scores

Other Topics to Consider

• Licensed in Other States

- Pre-licensed

- Special cases to the license (i.e., Texas has a license for life)

- Odd cases, i.e. not great teachers

- Other professions do not grant reciprocity across states

- Course requirements for licensure

- BOT has already looked at streamlining procedures around out-of-state licenses

• Special Education

- Especially an issue for border cities and towns

- Is the MTLE appropriate for special education teachers who are dealing who are specialized group of students who may not be required to need college-level math?

- There is a shortage of special education teachers, but is it because of the test?

- Are there other things we can do overall?