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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.<<


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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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


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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Legislative Session Outcome — Jennifer Wallace

-HB 2261

*By January 2010, PESB must

*Have new knowledge, skill and performance standards calibrated at each level of certification

*Adopt a new definition of “master teacher”

*Proposal for a uniform, statewide, valid and reliable classroom-based means of evaluating teacher effectiveness at pre-service level

*Update on implementation of uniform and external assessment for teacher professional certification

*Have a recommendation on the length of time a residency certification is valid

*Beginning no earlier than September 2011, professional certification shall be based on a minimum of two years of successful teaching experience and may not require candidates enroll in a professional certification program

*Beginning July 2011, residency teacher preparation programs must demonstrate how program produces effective teachers

>>Questions from members about the impact of this on colleges of education. Ms. Wallace shared that some colleges have indicated they will not continue to offer ProCert programs. PESB members from institutions of higher education indicated some would and others would not continue to offer ProCert programs.<<

*Three workgroups will have a PESB member on them

-HB 2003: changes in PESB responsibilities and composition

*Shrinking to 12 members and the Superintendent of Public Instruction

*Removes current PESB responsibility of hearing certification appeals

-SB 5973 and HB 2261: cultural competencies

-HB 1675

-HB 1156

-Final budget


Recommendations for the Conceptual Model of the Evidence-Based Pedagogy Assessment — Larry Lashway, Esther Baker, Cap Peck, Colleen Fairchild

-Recommendations for pre-service level EBPA:

*Would be external (conducted by non-supervisor)

*Should include video clips

*Should have scoring system that provides fast, timely feedback to candidates and programs

*Assessment should include university faculty and supervisors in the scoring process

*The standards and criteria for the Teaching Cycle should be aligned with standards and criteria for the Professional Certificate assessment

*The formal “external” assessment of core teaching skills should be supplemented by a program-implemented assessment (the “Longitudinal Record”) during student teaching

-Unresolved issues

*Content specificity




*Legal concerns (namely around video clips)

>>Back and forth exchange on scale and timely feedback. Some concern from Board members on cost to candidates, worried it will act as a deterrent. Some members also concerned about the time needed to grade exams (2-3 hours to grade, for 2,000+ candidates).<<

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1pm – 2pm
Revised Timeline for Revisions to Program Approval Standards I-IV – Jennifer Wallace & Joseph Koski, PESB; Larry Lashway, OSPI

Mr. Koski presented a few data slides highlighting some trends in the types of teachers coming out of Washington CoE. He did say much more information is available now, all someone need do is ask. [He may regret that statement, as I will begin asking. It has been difficult to track teachers from a CoE to a school.]

Ms. Wallace presented the timeline for the Evidence-Based Performance Assessment (EBPA) development and implementation. By the end of April, the EBPA committee will recommend a conceptual model which the PESB and Washington Association for Colleges of Teacher Education will endorse (or not). If endorsed, the PESB will move forward on developing the assessment from May to November 2009. The PESB will present to the Legislature in January 2010 on its progress. From May 2010 to September 2011, the assessment will be created, vetted and piloted. Full implementation will begin in September 2011.

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10:20am – 11:20am
Early Implementation of Principal Professional Certificate Programs: Possible New Options for Program Design – Debbie Carter, assistant superintendent human resources, Edmonds School District

School district and ESD representatives are advocating for ESDs to offer principal ProCert programs. Two assistant principals offered anecdotal evidence of the benefits of an ESD-run principal ProCert program – and expressed excitement over entering a program that promotes reflection and includes a growth model.

>>PESB members asked what size cohort would be needed to make the program possible, and the answer was 10-15.

>>PESB staff will draft WAC language that would allow ESDs to offer principal ProCert programs. This does not obligate the PESB to approve the WAC changes.

11:20am – 11:45am
Legislative Update – Jennifer Wallace, executive director, PESB

SHB 2003/SSB 5802, Changing Professional Educator Standards Board provisions: Would reduce the number of members on the PESB; shift some responsibility from OSPI to PESB

Math & Science Initiative: Included in ESHB 2261

HB 1675, Changing the work experience provisions of the alternative route partnership grant program: Moving forward

ESHB 2261/ ESSB 6048, Concerning the state’s education system: Overview of items related to PESB – PESB representative on finance/compensation working groups; PESB to provide Legislature update on current efforts (e.g. pedagogy assessment); PESB to create master-level certification; PESB to incorporate more “cultural competency” language into standards (ESSB 6048 only)

11:45am – 12pm
Public Comment

Jim Meadows, WEA, re: ProCert – WEA survey of members to inform about ProCert external assessment, and find out members’ feeling of external support, among other things; teachers have quality concerns about ProCert; teachers have positive feelings toward National Board certification process; WEA wants to be active partner in development of external assessment

Dan Bishop, SPU, re: administrator ProCert  – Commends PESB exploration allowing ESDs to offer administrator ProCert; SPU partners with districts and ESDs for ProCert programs

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9am – 10am
Possible Options for Teacher Professional Certificate Program Design – Barbara Clausen, WSU & Dianna Coile, SPU

Colleges of education (CoE) see themselves as the bridge between Professional Certificate (ProCert) candidates and OSPI. Also don’t think ProCert candidates can navigate the process on their own, or necessarily pass the assessment. CoE think there is value add to their offering support to ProCert candidates on creating collections of evidence. [This presentation seemed to become more about the CoE justifying their ProCert programs.]

>>PESB members wanted to know how many ProCert candidates left the profession because they couldn’t earn ProCert. There was no clear answer; however the impression given was that few are unable to earn ProCert. It was shared that WEA is conducting a survey of its members on ProCert, although for what intent was unclear.

>>Other questions focused on the potential redundancy of ProCert programs for teachers coming out of the current Residency Certificate (ResCert) programs (which now includes a demonstrated performance standard). The answer: potentially, we need to figure that out – and some would say ProCert already has certain redundancies with ResCert.

>>PESB members also asked about cost, and seemed skeptical of the need for teachers to spend $150-323 per credit for 10+ credits. [Raised murmurs in the audience.] Members were also looking for demonstration of improving educator effectiveness by ProCert programs.

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PESB meeting today

I’m in Gig Harbor for day two of the Professional Educator Standards Board meeting.

Today’s agenda:
8:30 Call to Order
. Announcements
. Member Updates
. SBE Liaison Report
9:00 Presentation and Discussion: Possible Options for Teacher Professional Certificate Program Design
. Esther Baker, Program Director – Teacher Assessments, PESB
. Larry Lashway, Associate Director, Professional Education, OSPI
. Barbara Clausen, Professional Certification Coordinator, Washington State University, Vancouver
. Dianna Coile, Professional Certification Associate, Seattle Pacific University
10:00 Break
10:15 Presentation and Discussion: Early Implementation of Principal Professional Certification Programs – Possible New Options for
Program Design
. Debbie Carter, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, Edmonds School District
11:15 Legislative Update
. David Brenna, Policy & Research Analyst, PESB
. Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director, PESB
12:00 Public Comment C
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Presentation, Discussion and Action: Revised Timeline for Revisions to Program Approval Standards I-IV
. Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director, PESB
2:00 Review of the Appeal: In the Matter of Larry Peterson Certification No. 255097H – Office of Administrative Hearings for the Superintendent of Public Instruction Cause No. 2008-TCD-0006
Following presentations, the board will deliberate in closed session per RCW 42.30.140
3:00 Adjourn

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PESB Task Force recap

The Professional Educator Standards Board Task Force on Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Well-Qualified Math and Science Teachers met Wednesday morning to continue its work in figuring out how to address Washington’s math and science teacher shortage.

Featured presenters included representatives from Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, school districts and the Center for Teaching Quality.

Ify Offor, vice president of new site development for TFA, presented to the Task Force, followed by Ariela Rozman, CEO of TNTP. This was the only part of the meeting I was able to attend; the presentations were informative along with the following Q-&-A sessions.

The big issues for Task Force members were cost, retention and feasibility. Jennifer Wallace said quite plainly that there are no statutory barriers to TFA coming to Washington. TNTP is hired as a consultant by districts, states and universities, so no barriers exist to its being hired by Washington stakeholders.

Click on the following links to learn more about TFA and TNTP.

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BEFTF, SBE and PESB — oh my

Posted by Heather

This week features meetings of my favorite state groups — the Basic Education Finance Task Force, State Board of Education and Professional Educator Standards Board.

The BEFTF will meet Monday and Tuesday in Olympia (O’Brien building). We will be live blogging Monday, so check back throughout the day for updates. You may also be able to follow the action on TVW’s website. The agenda for both days:

October 20
I. Call to Order, Dan Grimm, Chair

II. TRI Survey Update and Costs of Local Salaries, Benefits, and COLAs, Jennifer Priddy, OSPI and Annie Pennucci, WSIPP

III.Work Session: The Cost of Human Capital: How it Affects K
12 Budgets Moderator: Stephen Nielsen, Puget Sound ESD
IV. State Board of Education, Mary Jean Ryan, Board Chair

V. Review of Task Force Legislative Direction, Susan Mielke, Senate Committee Services
VI. Washington Learns Update, Judy Hartmann, Governor’s Executive Policy Office

October 21
I. Call to Order, Dan Grimm, Chair
II. Washington State Labor Market Projections, Greg Weeks, Employment Security Department
III. Research on Teacher Education, Annie Pennucci, Washington State Institute for Public Policy
IV. Basic Education Definitions, Kristen Fraser, House Office of Program Research

The SBE’s System Performance Accountability workgroup is meeting Tuesday at the Puget Sound ESD in Renton. The full agenda isn’t up yet, but my guess is the SPA group will be finalizing the accountability plan to go before the full Board in November.

Wednesday, the PESB’s Task Force on Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Well-Qualified Math & Science Teachers will meet in Olympia (Knox Building – Olympia School District). The agenda features presentations from Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, Center for Teaching Quality, and two district representatives.

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