As promised, we are offering the document below for you to use when advising your candidates on Vermont’s Praxis testing requirements. We hope that you will review this with candidates rather than refer them to the AOE Licensing Office, which is currently experiencing a high volume of calls. Thank you again for your patience and support of our own efforts to license educators!
As you know, your Title II reports are due April 30th. More than 50% of you have already logged in to the Title II reporting system. Progress! If you have not already logged in to the system, or you haven’t logged in recently, we encourage you to go ahead and begin to do so.
Patti Coultas suggested that we bring the issue of program completer vs enrolled candidates to your attention this week. Specifically, the Title II folks provide the following clarification:
For purposes of this data collection, an individual cannot be classified as both enrolled and as a program completer at the same time. An enrolled individual is not a program completer. Once an individual has met all the requirements of a state approved teacher preparation program and becomes a program completer, the individual is no longer classified as enrolled.
In addition, only individuals enrolled in or completing teacher preparation programs leading to initial teacher certification or licensure should be counted. Currently licensed teachers seeking additional certification or endorsements, or individuals in programs for administration, counseling, speech /language pathology, social work or other support roles, should not be included.
Still have questions? Don’t forget you can participate in a webinar on April 15 at 2:00pm Eastern, or April 17 at 11am Eastern. You should have received directions from Westat already. Also be sure to visit the Technical Assistance page of the Title II website if you haven’t already at https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA.aspx.
Confused about Praxis I requirements? Do you have candidates pounding on your door during office hours asking you what they should do about submitting their scores to the AOE? Have you been trying to reach David Hough at the AOE? We’re here to help!
Let’s begin by clearing up a few points of confusion:
- The AOE will accept Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT scores for tests taken prior to August 31, 2014.
- Candidates do not have to have an open application to have test scores sent to the AOE. If they select ‘Vermont – AOE #8410’ as their test score recipient, no further action is needed.
- Praxis, SAT, GRE and ACT scores can be sent to AOE through a testing agency at any time no matter when the candidate applies. Test scores will be stored at AOE in the testing databases until needed.
- If a candidate has not completed Praxis I or taken SAT, ACT, or GRE’s by August 31, 2014, they must take and pass the Core Academic Series to qualify for licensure.
Candidates do not need to contact anyone at the AOE to develop an educator record in our database, nor do they have to have their scores on record by August. (David Hough, by the way, is on medical leave right now. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him back soon!)
We will be posting an updated testing information sheet shortly which will include more detailed information on scores and reporting procedures. If you or your candidates have additional questions, you may contact the Licensing Office at our new number: 802-479-1700. For now, thank you for your patience and understanding as the Licensing Office experiences a high volume of calls and emails.
Yes, that’s right folks, it’s Title II HEA reporting season!
Joking aside, we wanted to highlight some information from the folks at Westat about this year’s report. As you may recall from previous years, much of the report is pre-populated. You’ll want to review this information, however, to confirm its accuracy along with the sections of the report that require entry each year. It may also be useful to remember that you are reporting on the September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013 cohort.
Hopefully most of you were able to participate in the March 11th webinar hosted by Westat’s Title II Service Center. If not, please put their second webinar training on your calendar: April 15 at 2:00pm Eastern, or April 17 at 11am Eastern. Look for information and instructions for joining one week in advance of the webinars, and recordings of the webinars will be emailed to all users the following week. Please also put the April 30th deadline on your calendar.
Westat also has provided the following additional Title II resources:
If you haven’t visited the Technical Assistance page of the Title II website yet, check it out at https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA.aspx! This page is your one-stop shop for an abundance of helpful Title II resources, including:
• Quick Start Guide to the IPRC (https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA/IPRCQuickStart.pdf)
• Additional guidance on reporting on race/ethnicity (https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA/Race_ethnicity.pdf)
• Additional guidance on Supervised Clinical Experience (https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA/SupervisedClinicalExperience.pdf)
• Additional guidance on Section I.e Teachers Prepared (https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA/SubjAreaAcadMajGuidance.pdf)
• Direct link to Sections 205 through 208 of Title II of the Higher Education Act: (https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA/HEA_2008_Sections%20205_208.pdf)
• Glossary (https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA/Glossary.pdf)
Dr. DeMethra LaSha Bradley, Assistant Dean for Student Administration at UVM, sent us a question about the B average GPA requirement for programs. Sha writes, “There is a student who is a strong candidate … yet due to some early undergraduate academic mishaps does not have the 3.00 undergraduate GPA.” Sha wonders if the 3.0 GPA requirement applies to graduate students and asks if this is a state regulation.
Great question, Sha! A B average for student teaching is indeed a state requirement. Specifically the Rules Governing the Licensing of Educators and the Preparation of Educational Professionals note the following:
5923.2 Except as otherwise provided, all candidates for student teaching shall meet the following qualifications:
D. academic competence as attested by an overall B average, and a B average in field of major studies as defined by the institution, or written certification of intellectual competence by an academic dean
This requirement does indeed apply to graduate students in addition to undergrads. Some programs with promising graduate candidates, as Sha has in this example, who do not meet their institution’s GPA requirement, encourage their candidates to complete additional coursework prior to admitting them. This allows candidates to demonstrate their academic competence and “pull up” their GPA prior to student teaching as the rules require. Other institutions choose to consider any “academic mishaps” as one part of the candidate’s complete academic record and look for evidence of the candidate’s “intellectual competence” that they are willing to attest to prior to student teaching as the rules allow. You’ll want to establish your own policies for this process and document your decisions. Review Teams will then examine your documentation as part of the “rule check” process prior to a ROPA Review. It might also be helpful to remember the spirit behind this rule- ensuring candidates have the necessary content knowledge to teach effectively. Whatever procedures and policies your institution adopts in terms of meeting this requirement will need to reflect this intent. Thanks, Sha!
Ric Reardon, Ph.D., Director of Center for Schools, Castleton College has related question regarding the overall GPA requirement. He asks, “What constitutes a major at the AOE?”
Thanks, Ric, for sending this one in to us! Let’s review the Rules Governing the Licensing of Educators and the Preparation of Educational Professionals once again. According to the Rules, a major “means an academic major granted as part of a bachelor’s degree by an accredited/approved four-year institution. The equivalent of a major is defined as a compilation of at least thirty (30) credit hours in the specified major field from accredited/approved institution(s), at least nine (9) of which shall be advanced undergraduate courses or higher.”
Here too, your institution will want to develop procedures and policies that are aligned with this requirement. In our offices, when we’re checking for a major, we look for 30 credit hours in an area where the candidate can demonstrate both depth and breadth of content knowledge.
We hope this helps you all in your work reviewing educator transcripts and advising candidates in your program. Please let us know if you have more questions we can review with you!
My name is Nancy Reid and I am the new ROPA Program Liaison for the Vermont Agency of Education. I have worn a number of different hats in Vermont education. I taught in grades 1 – 8 in central Vermont for over 30 years – mostly in Randolph Elementary School. I have been on the ROPA Design Team for many years and through a number of its revisions. I was a member and chair of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE). Finally I am now teaching part time in a local teacher preparation program.
Wearing my new hat, I will be supporting the 17 different teacher preparation programs in the state as they prepare for ROPA accreditation. This support comes in many forms; from helping create and train visiting teams, helping programs with their Institutional Portfolios and during the visit itself. This is role is complicated now as we are in the process of revising the ROPA process, manual and Level 1 Licensure Portfolio to align with the Core Teaching and Leadership Standards and the new endorsement competencies. I like to think that the challenges presented in designing these revisions are actually opportunities:opportunities to integrate the most current research regarding teacher preparation and student learning into Vermont’s program accreditation process, opportunities to rethink the Level 1 Licensure Portfolio to find ways to assess candidate performance during student teaching in a way that is transparent and fair. It is also an opportunity for me to get to know the players in Vermont’s teacher preparation programs so I can learn from you and support you and your programs.
Stay tuned for changes. The educator preparation blog is a great place to get updated information. In the meantime, feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
ETS has announced that a March computer-based testing window will be added specifically to administer the Core test. The new testing window will be from March 17, 2014 (Monday) to March 22, 2014 (Saturday). Scores from this administration will be available to candidates and in the Praxis Data Manager on Monday, April 14, 2014.
Please note that this window will only be for the Core tests and not for Praxis II tests.
Registration is now open and candidates can begin registering for this additional window.
Moving forward, the test will be available every month in the remaining 2013-14 testing year windows and in the upcoming 2014-15 testing year windows until sufficient numbers of Core tests have been taken to allow it to be administered on a continuous basis.