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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
SUBJECT: Request for Teachers to Serve on PRAXIS II Standard Setting Panels
This Fall, validation panels will
meet September 28, 29 and 30, 2004 with nominations/biographical forms due to
the Department of Education by
forms due to the Department by
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
School English; Vocational
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
° Must hold a valid
° 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
23 State House Station
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