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
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?