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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  80

POLICY CODE:  GCFC

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and School Principals

 

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

 

DATE:             June 2, 2003

 

RE:                         Teachers to Serve on PRAXIS II Standard Setting Panels

 

            Maine is planning to conduct validation standard setting studies in all teaching areas

for Educational Testing Service's (ETS) subject assessments in The Praxis Seriesä.  Some validation studies will be completed in 2003 and the remainder in 2004. The 2003 studies will be conducted at the Senator Inn in Augusta, Maine, as follows: 

 

            Tuesday, July 29                 ESL, Latin, and Spanish

 

            Wednesday, July 30            Home Economics, Secondary Life Science, and Health

 

            Thursday, July 31                Blind/Visually Impaired, Business, and Industrial Arts

 

            Friday, August 1                  Secondary English

 

            Although there will be more than one test on most days, each area test will require a one-day commitment for each teacher serving on their subject area panel only.

 

            I am asking your assistance in nominating teachers to participate in this validation and standard setting study.  The content areas in which these tests will be reviewed are: ESL, Latin, Spanish, Home Economics, Secondary Life Science, Health, Blind/Visually Impaired, Business, Industrial Arts, and Secondary English.   Each test will require review by panels of teachers in the content areas.

 

            Teachers nominated:

 

            °   Must hold a valid Maine teacher certification in the content area and be currently teaching in one or more of these disciplines; and

 

            °   Should have at least one year of classroom experience, but not more than seven years. If a teacher has more than 7 years of experience, they should have recently supervised a student teacher or been a mentor to a first year teacher.

 

            These experience parameters are being set because the Praxis Series is intended to be used as part of the State's requirements for initial teaching certification.  Teachers who are working with a "conditional", “targeted need” or "transitional endorsement" in the content area, and who will need to

 

take one or more of the State required certification tests in the future, will not be allowed to participate in the study.

 

            We would appreciate your assistance in nominating at least one practicing professional educator in each of the previously mentioned subject areas.   Please understand that all nominees may not be selected as participants, as we wish to ensure appropriate representation on all panels by race, gender, ethnicity, and teaching level, and urban and rural areas.

 

            For some panels, the State may consider participation by a limited number of appropriate college level faculty.  Ideally, those who are nominated should also be certified/licensed by the State in the subject being studied by the panel.

 

            Teachers who are selected will participate for one day, during the week of July 29-August 1, 2003. ETS will pay for travel, meals, and lodging for one night, if they wish to stay at the Senator Inn.

 

            Attached is the nomination form that may be copied.  Please have each teacher being nominated complete a separate form. Forward the forms no later than June 9, 2003 to:

 

                                    Certification Office

                                    23 State House Station

                                    Augusta, Maine 04333-0023

           

            I hope that you will nominate teachers to participate in this important professional effort to strengthen teacher licensure.  We are grateful for your assistance. All participants will receive clock hours of professional development. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Nancy Ibarguen, Coordinator of Certification, at 207-624-6603.

 

 

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