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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 1

 

POLICY CODE: GCFA

TO: Superintendents of Schools, School Principals and Special Education Directors

FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE: July 8, 2004

SUBJECT: Request for Teachers to Serve on PRAXIS II Standard Setting Panels

 

Maine is in the process of conducting validation standard setting studies in all teaching areas for Educational Testing Service's (ETS) subject assessments in The Praxis Series. Validation studies for Early Childhood, General Elementary, English, French, German, Mathematics, Physical Education, Business Education and Home Economics were completed during the first week of May 2004. Validation studies for School Guidance (075), Teacher Disabled Students 0-5 (282), Teacher Disabled Students K-8 (282), Teacher Disabled Students 7-12 (282), and Speech and Hearing Clinician (293) will be complete July 22, 2004

 

This Fall, validation panels will meet September 28, 29 and 30, 2004 with nominations/biographical forms due to the Department of Education by August 9, 2004. A second group of panels will meet on October 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2004 with nominations/

biographical forms due to the Department by September 10, 2004. A third group of panels will convene on November 30, December 1 and 2, 2004, with nominations/biographical forms due to the Department by November 5, 2004.

 

Each test will require review by panels of teachers in the content areas. Panelists will not be required to take the test.

 

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

 

The schedule for validation panels is as follows:

 

Tuesday, September 28 - Middle School English; Vocational Education Middle School Math

 

Wednesday, September 29 - Middle School Social Studies; Middle School Science; Industrial Arts/Technology

 

Thursday, September 30 - Life Science (7-12); Physical Science (7-12); Social Studies (7-12)

 

The panels for the Principals of Learning and Teaching meet in October.

Tuesday, October 19 PLT: All Early Childhood Educators

 

Wednesday, October 20 PLT: Kindergarten to Grade 6

 

Thursday, October 21 PLT: Grades 5-9

 

Friday, October 22 PLT: Grades 7-12

 

The last groups will meet November 30th , December 1st and 2nd.

 

Tuesday, November 30 Art; Music

 

Wednesday, December 1 English as a Second Language; Bilingual Education Literacy Specialist; Theater

 

Thursday, December 2 Library Media Specialist; Health; Severe Impaired

 

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 teacher 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.

 

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 by the State in the subject being studied by the panel.

 

Attached is the Biographical Information form that may be copied. Please have each teacher being nominated complete a separate form. They may fax the form to us at 624-6604 or forward the forms to:

 

Department of Education

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 Office at 207-624-6603 or e-mail her at

anne.wehrman@maine.gov .

 

 

SAG:AW

 

Attachment: Biographical Information Form for Proposed Panel Members