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TO: Superintendents of Schools, Principals, and Deans of Teacher Preparatory Programs


FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE: March 24, 2004


RE: Chapter 13, Qualifying Examinations for Teachers and Administrators



The State Board of Education is proposing amendments to Chapter 13, Qualifying Examinations for Teachers. The rule contains the qualifying examinations required for teachers seeking initial teacher certification. The proposed amendments to the rule will provide for inclusion in the rule of the qualifying examinations and the passing scores for each assessment for school administrators seeking initial school administrator certification.


The examination adopted for school superintendent certification is the School Superintendents Assessment (SLA) and the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SSLA) has been adopted for school administrator certifications. These assessments will be required for those seeking initial certification through an alternative route to certification only. The assessments do not apply to school administrator renewal of certification.


The Chapter name has been amended from "Chapter 13 Qualifying Examinations for Teachers" to "Chapter 13 Qualifying Examinations for Teachers and Administrators."


The rule also removes references to tests and dates no longer required for teacher certification.


A copy of the original rule is available at:


A copy of the proposed rule is available at:


A public hearing will be held on the proposed rule on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Cross State Office Building, ATM Room 103.


Note: Individuals can participate in the hearing simultaneously using the Department's Distance Learning Network from the following locations:


        Falmouth High School, ATM Studio

        Bangor Public Library, ATM Studio

        Presque Isle High School, ATM Studio


Written comments on the proposed rule will be considered if received in the Department of Education by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2004. This may be accomplished by:


  • Delivering them to the receptionist on the 5th floor at the Burton Cross State Office Building;
  • Mailing them to Judith Malcolm, Education Policy Director, 23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0023;
  • Faxing them to Judith Malcolm, Education Policy Director, (207) 624-6605; or
  • Emailing them to


We encourage public participation in this rule-making process.




Enclosure: Chapter 13, Qualifying Examinations for Teachers and Administrators