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A poignant reminder from the First Five Years Fund

How would the lives of at-risk children be different if we invested in high-quality early learning programs, starting at birth?

Watch the First Five Years Fund’s new video and see—through the voices of the children themselves—just how powerful the change can be.

A poignant reminder that we have much work to do in Washington to provide quality early learning for every child, especially children who are at-risk.  Join the movement…

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LIVE BLOG: PESB

1:15pm-2:05pm

Innovative Practices Showcase: Western Washington University — Stephanie Salzman, George “Pinky” Nelson

Spotlight on some of the great things WWU does to prepare teachers. Mr. Nelson encouraged the PESB to raise the passing score on the WEST-E. Ms. Salzman said WWU is excited about the ProCert assessment and plan to use it to help teacher candidates. Mr. Nelson added that they are grateful to OSPI for providing the data for the students in the classrooms of pre-service teachers. Ms. Salzman and Mr. Nelson also spoke to the importance of moving away from teacher preparation programs as “puppy mills,” and really increase quality [Ms. Salzman’s words, not mine].

>>Some questions from PESB members about the high number of elementary education teachers WWU graduates. Ms. Salzman said they analyze data and talk to the state about anticipated need in all areas.<<

2:05pm-2:45pm

Results and Recommendations from the Professional Certificate Portfolio of Evidence Assessment Evaluation Committee — Esther Baker

ETS was the only company to respond to the RFP. The ETS proposal will cost $5.5 million for five years.

>>Representative from Gonzaga University voiced concerns about the assessment, namely it being a high stakes test for teachers, questions about teachers on special assignment and in other duties, and teachers already having a lot on their plates.

>>Some PESB members are concerned about the assessment, and the cost. Jennifer Wallace reminded the board that they have been working on this for some time, and have brought down the cost significantly. And with the new legislative mandate (HB 2261), the board needs to propose an assessment, so if not this, then what? Shannon Lawson said teachers she has worked with have responded positively to the ProCert pilot, and keeping the cost under $500 seems reasonable (some districts offer stipends). Grant Pelesky was the only member to vote against the item.

ETS consultants said they hear the board’s concerns, and plan to work with educators as they develop the assessment.<<

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LIVE BLOG: PESB

11:05am-12:10pm

PESB/Washington State Letter of Intent for Participation in Cross-State Pilot of California’s Teacher Performance Assessment — Jennifer Wallace, Raymond Pecheone

-Partnership between ACTE, CCSSO, Stanford University

-In California, have 6,000 candidates annually, so scale is not much of an issue

-Portfolio scoring takes 2 hours or less

-Designed as a bridge to induction

-Washington’s timeline is a bit faster than the project’s, but not a big deal

12:10pm-12:25pm

Public Comment

Lucinda Young, WEA — Budget cut $1.5 billion from education, need to make up losses to pension and compensation, resources may not be available for things PESB wants to do; 16 days of the school year will be paid for with federal stimulus funds; higher education is also cut; teachers who might normally volunteer to help grade assessments might be too stretched at their schools; WEA members feel HB 2261 says institutions of higher education and the licensure system are unable to provide quality teachers; some WEA members are angry about ProCert, but younger teachers who recently went through ProCert have good things to say; WEA members trust PESB; please continue to reach out to educators, WEA will be glad to help; despite cuts, it’s important we keep quality licensure system

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