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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

School Principals


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             January 23, 2004


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 were completed in 2003 and the remainder will be completed in 2004.  The first 2004 studies will be conducted at the Senator Inn in Augusta, Maine, as follows: 


            Tuesday, May 4, 2004                        Early Childhood (K-3), English, and French


            Wednesday, May 5, 2004    General Elementary (K-8), German, Physical Education


            Thursday, May 6, 2004            Business Education, Home Economics, Mathematics (7-12)


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


            I am asking your assistance in nominating teachers to participate in this validation and standard setting study. Validation and standard setting studies for the remaining content areas will be held in late summer/early fall of 2004.


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 seven 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 currently working under a "conditional certificate”, “targeted need certificate” or "transitional endorsement" in the content area, and who may 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, 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 in Maine in the subject being studied by the panel.


            Teachers who are selected will participate for one day, during the week of May 3 – 7, 2004.  ETS will pay for travel, meals, and lodging for one night, if they wish to stay at the Senator Inn.


            Attached is the “Biographical Information Form for Proposed Panel Members” that may be copied.  Please have each teacher being nominated complete a separate form.  Forward the forms no later than February 13, 2004 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 Anne Wehrman, Certification Distinguished Educator, at 207-624-6603.




Attachment:            Biographical Information Form