Tiered Certification

Day with GaPSC
West Georgia RESA
February 7, 2013
Coming Soon!
Tiered Certification
Landmark Rule Changes
• Performance-based Educational
Leadership – 2008
• Certificate Upgrade Rule – 2010
• Coming Soon, Tiered Certification
• January 2014 is target date
Why Tiered Certification?
• Georgia – one of only 10 states using a
single tier system
• 21 states use a two-tier system – include
initial & professional (clear renewable)
• Other states use system with three or more
Why Tiered Certification?
• Addresses the need to focus attention and
resources on early career teachers
About 40% leave the profession within
five years at a tremendous cost to
Why Tiered Certification?
• Assures advancement in the profession is
based on teaching effectiveness, rather
than just hanging on
We currently have no defense against
criticisms about teacher quality from
politicians & the media
Why Tiered Certification?
• Provides a way of recognizing the
accomplishments of excellent teachers
Upper tiers recognize and use the skills
of excellent teachers – a good fit with
motivation theory
Why Tiered Certification?
• Creates a pathway for teachers to advance
in the profession while remaining in the
Currently, education is a “flat”
profession – no where to grow
Why Tiered Certification?
• Equips educators with skills to work
collaboratively to improve teaching and
Advancement to higher tiers equips
teachers with skills that support
learning communities & improved
teaching & learning
Tiered Cert Task Force
PSC Staff
Public IHE
Governor’s Office
Principal and
Assistant Principal
• Curriculum Director
DOE Staff
USG Staff
Private IHE
HR Director
Professional Learning
Tiered Cert Task Force
• Task force work began in December
• Anticipate finishing the work next August or
• Currently plan for rule initiation in October
with an effective date of January 2014
Tiered Cert Task Force
Task force meetings
Presentations like this
Focus group & sub-committee work
Getting input from Georgia educators is
very important to assuring a rule that
provides opportunities for educator growth
and improves teaching & learning
Tiered Certification
• This presentation represents some initial
ideas about tiered certification; it provides a
starting point for the task force work
• Some questions that may assist in guiding
our discussion (see HO)
• We value your input on these questions;
this will provide the task force with your
very helpful ideas & concerns
Tiered Certification
• What we are presenting is some initial
thinking about tiered certification
• These ideas are to get the conversation
• The task force will make recommendations
that culminate in a new rule next fall
• The initial concept includes five tiers
Tier 1: Pre-service Certificate
• Advantages
– Consistent method for criminal history
– Under the Code of Ethics
– This certificate becomes a platform to
improve preparation programs and as a
way to make pre-service teachers more
valuable to schools/districts
Tier 1 to Tier 2
• Content-specific Performance Assessment –
Minimum score to successfully exit the program.
Useful for candidate evaluation, program
evaluation, & induction roadmap
• Program provider sign off on readiness to take
appropriate GACE assessment
• Achieve “passing” score on appropriate GACE
• Many school-based experiences culminating with
a year long pre-service experience.
Tier 2 Induction Certificate
• Advantages
– Recognizes that novice teachers need to grow
in a safe environment supported by teacher
leaders, administrators, and others
– Creates a statewide system for quality
– Links to the teacher induction guidance
document developed by a DOE/PSC – led task
force. Induction programs are being piloted by
RTTT districts.
Tier 2: Induction Certificate
• Advantages (continued):
– The results of a nationally validated
performance assessment used to differentiate
induction services for individual teachers
– 3 year Non-Renewable Certificate – meet
professional teaching standards to get clear
renewable (Possible waiver for 4th year at the
request of the employing district)
Tier 2 to Tier 3
• Employing districts sign off on induction
• Educator must meet measurable standards
before moving to a clear renewable certificate
(will not be TEM – not ready – value added,
surveys, student learning objectives, state-wide
evaluation instruments, maybe later, but not now)
• May use the content-specific performance
assessment administered during student teaching
as the measurement
Tier 2 to Tier 3 (continued)
• Professional learning focused on areas of need
defined in the pre-service performance
assessment and/or state-wide eval. instrument
• Revisit use of TEM in 2 to 3 years
• Program providers could possibly having a role in
decisions about induction teachers moving to
next tier
• If funding/logistics could be worked out, a peer
review component would be powerful (by teacher
Tier 3: Professional Certificate
• Advantages:
– Teacher demonstrates effectiveness to qualify
for the professional (clear renewable)
– Good for five years; only renewed if
performance continues to meet or exceed
Renewing the Professional Cert
• Meet requirements for professional
learning/impact on student performance
• Will consider a requirement that a measurable
standard be met prior to renewal
• TEM score will not be used – same reasons, but
will revisit use in 2-3 years
• If unsatisfactory evaluation(s) – a new definition
of unsatisfactory under the new state evaluation
system - in the 5 year period, must demonstrate
successful remediation to peer review team.
Tiers 4 & 5
• Teacher Leader (or Advanced & Teacher Leader)
• Supports the RTTT Career Ladder work
• Overarching purpose of Career Ladder: establish a
pathway for growth & advancement for expert
teachers desiring to remain in the classroom
• Uses the experience and expertise of highly effective
teachers in defined roles to
– help build a strong educator workforce and
– increase student learning
• Additionally, this effort should also improve our ability
to retain our most skilled and effective teachers.
Tier 4: Teacher Leader I
• Links to Career Ladder in RTTT: a Teacher
Leader I or Advanced is an expert teacher
who teaches full-time, but is paid for
specific instructional leadership
opportunities they assume
• Contingent on funding
• Demonstrated performance
• No ethics sanctions above a reprimand
Tier 5: Teacher Leader II
• Links to Career Ladder in RTTT: a Teacher
Leader II continues to maintain some classroom
teaching responsibilities; is also granted release
time for specific instructional leadership
responsibilities for which they are paid.
• Contingent on funding – release time and salary
• The task force will build on the work of the career
ladder task force in determining standards for
achieving this certification tier & for certificate
Tier 5: Teacher Leader II
• Within two years of receiving this certificate the
educator must either:
Hold a Coaching Endorsement
Hold a Teacher Leadership Endorsement
Earn a degree in Teacher Leadership
National Board Certification
Other equivalent preparation
• No ethics sanctions above a reprimand
Tiered Certification
Tier 1 – Pre-service certificate
Tier 2 – Induction certificate
Tier 3 – Professional certificate
Tier 4 – Teacher Leader I certificate
Tier 5 – Teacher Leader II certificate
Tiered Certification
Contact Information
• Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary –
[email protected]
• David Hill, Division Director for Educator
Preparation & Certification –
[email protected]
Thank you!

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