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WVEA seeks to keep you apprised of policies the West Virginia Board of Education has on public comment. Your ability to provide the students in your classroom with the best education possible is impacted by the policies passed by the West Virginia Board of Education. We urge you to read the synopsis of proposed policy revisions listed below and respond to the WVDE with your comments.

The following policies will remain on public comment until 4 p.m. on Oct.10, 2017:

 

Policy 3234, School Calendar

Background:

To increase student achievement and provide more local and school control for scheduling and school calendar development, the West Virginia Board of Education's Committee on Reimagining Time and stakeholders have identified key components to support this work. As a result, a repeal and replace school calendar policy revision is provided at this time.

Proposals:

A repeal and replace of the current policy provides a new language to establish parameters around the approval of appropriate alternatives for instructional time. Flexibility for school districts to maximize learning time through the school calendar provides more control for districts and schools to best determine the various ways they will meet necessary requirements for instructional time. An emphasis on the use of time during the school day to provide opportunities for personalized learning, as well as collaborative and individual teacher planning, is proposed to elevate student achievement.

Impact:

Districts will have more flexibility in the development of their school calendar with regard to reimagining time. This will provide opportunities to utilize alternatives to meet the requirements for instructional time. Consideration of learning time as that which is not limited to students' seat time in a desk will provide teachers flexibility to maximize learning opportunities and personalize learning for all students.

PDF of the Policy

Link to WVDE comment site

Policy 5202: Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications.

Background:

West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5202 establishes the requirements regarding licensure of educators to work in the public schools of West Virginia and is critical to the success of all students in the 21" century. As changes occur in education, certification and licensure policy must be revised to meet the needs of this 21'' century education system. As continuous revision occurs, WVBE Policy 5202 reflects many of these changes.

Proposals:   It is recommended that WVBE Policy 5202 be amended by:

• §126.136-4. Definitions. Clarified language that states that an individual enrolled in an in-state or out-of-state institution teacher preparation program must have a Clinical Experience Permit and clarified the exceptions to individuals currently possessing a license who do not need to possess a Clinical Experience Permit. Minor Code reference changes were corrected for erroneous references, the phrases {/Temporary Professional" and "Student Support Certificate" were changed to reflect the change to a Provisional Professional Teaching or Student Support Certificate. Definition of a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate was amended to reflect changes being made for eligibility for a Professional Teaching Certificate. Finally, the definition of Statement of Eligibility was changed to include that the certificate cannot be expired for more than five years.

• §126.136-5. Categories of Licenses. Renamed the Temporary Teaching Certificate Category as it is now being called a Provisional Teaching or Student Support Certificate. The Temporary Career and Technical Education Certificate category includes language that the individual must have been offered employment for the certificate to be issued. The Adult category was changed to reflect the permits would be required only when instructing adults in endorsements listed in the West Virginia Career and Technical Education Endorsement and Testing Manual on the WVDE website. The definition  of the Authorization category was changed to reflect that it would be issued if the specialization does not exist on the Professional or Career and Technical Education Certificate. A definition was added for the Provisional Professional or Teaching  or Student Support Certificate.

• §126-136-6. Legal Basis for Licensure. Language was removed regarding the Rules of Procedure  for  Administrative Hearings and  Appeals, Policy 1340.

• §126-136-7. Responsibilities for Licensure. Minor code changes were reflected and revisions made due to legislative changes.

• §126-136-9. General Requirements and Dates Certain for Licensure. Removed the effective date of July 1, 2013 as that time has elapsed for the Beginning Educator Internship/Induction, removed language reflecting  the  specializations and  grade  levels as those have been removed from Policy 5100 and Policy 5202. In addition, the name of the  state nursing licensing board was changed to the  proper name reflection.
 
• §126-136-10. Licenses for Professional Educators. Added and clarified the eligibility requirements for an individual to hold a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate when converting from a West Virginia statement of eligibility, an Alternative Teaching Certificate, or completing a program at an out-of-state institution; removed language regarding the temporary teaching certificate that is now a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate allowing applicants prepared at an out-of-state  institution  to receive a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate if they have not completed the West Virginia required PRAXIS Exams. Language was added to allow a score of 1240 on the new SAT Combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math on tests taken beginning May 2016 so that the applicant meeting this requirement would not need to take the Pre-Professional Test (CASE). In addition, clarification about requirements for an individual to receive a permanent teaching certificate without a Master's Degree and the coursework required were made. An exception was added to allow a school nurse with an expired student support certificate to receive  a one-year  authorization  upon offer of employment and verification from the employing agency  to  meet  the requirement to renew their School Nurse Student Support Certificate. Language was also inserted to add requirements to convert from a Provisional Professional Certificate to an Initial Professional Certificate. Language was clarified about receiving the recommendation of the employing county superintendent or completion of a recommendation from the most recent education supervisor, unless employment severance exceeds one year. If employment severance from an education setting exceeds one year, a recommendation from the current employer or community leader must be secured. Included language that allows an individual who meets all other eligibility requirements for a permanent administrator  license to  use the  minimum age of 60 as one of the criteria in order to receive a Permanent Administrative Certificate. Added an Exception to issue an Initial License to Speech Language Pathologists who have met licensure requirements through another state's issuing agency or licensure, Policy was added to allow Speech Language Pathologists without an educator's license issued from another state or licensing agency with authority to issue licenses to work in the public schools of a state, Language was added and clarified about the process to convert a Statement of Eligibility to an Initial Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate. Language regarding Career and Technical Education Certificates was clarified that to receive the Temporary Teaching Certificate, an applicant must have been offered employment in an education setting requiring said certificate. Clarifying language was provided for using the renewal option of MA +30 salary  classification. Also, language was added that Industry Recognized Credentials should always be valid, not allowed to expire. An exemption was added that if  a person holds  Bachelor's Degree with an overall cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA from an accredited institution of higher education that includes 6 semester hours of college-level English and Math with a GPA of 3.0 in each course they will be exempt from the Pre-Professional Skills Tests as well as someone who has five years of directly related work experience and a Master's Degree in the content area for which West Virginia licensure is available and requested. Also, The validity period for in-state and out-of-state tests and passing scores is ten years from the date on which the candidate passed the examination if such tests were the tests required in the WVBE policy (or out of state policy if applicable) effective at the time the tests were taken . In those circumstances  where  the WVBE has not altered either the required test or the passing score, the test and score shall remain valid beyond the ten-year period. A candidate whose test scores exceed the ten-year validity period at the  time of  application for licensure  is required  to  satisfy current tests and passing scores. 

For  a renewed certificate valid for one year, three semester hours of appropriate college/university  coursework related to the public school program as defined in §126-136-9.6.g. The coursework must reflect a 3.0 GPA and must have been completed subsequent to the issuance of the certificate being renewed and within the five-year period immediately preceding the date of application that must  meet the following options: 1) course relevant to a master's degree in a curriculum related to the public school program, 2) course related  to   improvement of instruction and  the applicant's current endorsement area(s), 3) course needed to qualify for an additional endorsement, or 4) credit prescribed by the county as a result of an applicant's evaluation. An additional pieces that was added allows  for  a renewed certificate  valid for one year, three semester hours of appropriate college/university coursework related to the public school program as defined in §126-136-9.6.g.  The coursework must reflect a 3.0 GPA and must have been completed subsequent to the issuance of the certificate being renewed and within the five-year period immediately preceding the date of application that must meet the following options: 1) course relevant  to  a  master's degree in a curriculum related to the public school program, 2) course related to improvement of instruction and the applicant's current endorsement area(s), 3) course needed to qualify for an additional endorsement, or 4) credit prescribed by the  county as a result of an applicant's evaluation. ELearning Course Option for Renewal Only. - Applicants may use two eligible eLearning courses approved by the WVDE that must have been completed subsequent to the issuance of the certificate being renewed and within the five-year period immediately preceding  the  date of application to  meet the six semester hour renewal requirements for a Professional Certificate. Applicants must submit certificates of completion at the time of application. Applicants may use one eligible eLearning course that meets the requirements within this section to satisfy the three semester hour renewal requirement listed in section 10.1.d.2.A or in section 10.1.c.1.A.1. These courses are not eligible for advanced salary classification. Language was also added to an exception for A School Nurse who is employed on a Full-Time/First Class Permit (Refer to §126-136-11.1.e) after July 1 is only required to have a minimum of 3 semester hours of coursework during the first year of the permit's issuance.

• §126-136-11. Permits Issued to Professional Educators. Clarified several areas of language in the Career and Technical Education Permits that were repetitive and unnecessary. A requirement was added for Speech Language Pathologists who are ASHA certified, but did not complete the traditional route to certification to be issued an Initial Student Support Certificate. An exception was added for requirements for  a School Nurse and Substitute Permits allowing them to complete training specifically related to School Nurse. Requirements were added for an individual to receive an endorsement in Elementary Education on a Long-Term Substitute Permit. A requirement was added for the renewal of the Adult Permit endorsements for Career and Technical Education. The Initial Temporary Authorization from Options Pathways was removed and it is now being moved to an Advanced Credential. Language was also added for clarification of the authorization and renewal of Child Nutrition Director Requirements and validity. Language was clarified so that a county superintendent does not sign for a collaborative employee and  the  collaborative  director  does  not sign  for  the county superintendent. An  exception was  added for a school nurse who is employed on a Full-Time/First Class Permit (Refer to §126-136-11.1.e) after July 1 is only required to have a minimum  of  3 semester  hours of coursework  during the  first year of the permit's issuance. A bother exemption is  for Speech Language Pathologist candidates are exempt from this  requirement and  do not need to provide passing content proficiency scores prior to completing the  clinical experience. Language was added to allow courses offered on the eLearning platform for an initial Long-Term or Short-Term Substitute Permit.

• §126-136-12. Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization and Paraprofessional Certification. Language was added that clarifies what constitutes "WVDE approved coursework" with specificity as to what is required for authorization. Clarification was made that the signatory on the application  has to  be directly  related  to the employment of the applicant so that a county superintendent does not sign for a collaborative  employee  or vice versa. Language  was added  that  allows aides employed in other capacities to obtain certification as an ECCAT. Language was clarified regarding what constitutes WVDE approved coursework for authorizations, and the one year experience criteria was removed to allow aides in other capacities to qualify  for permanent ECCAT status.

• §126-136-14. Waivers and Extensions. Language was changed to allow that A county superintendent may request, in writing to the State Superintendent, an extension of the Professional Certificate for an employee, including the county superintendent, who meets one of the three circumstances identified in section §126-136-14.4.b. Added additional language for Issuance or issued extensions for clarification.

• §126-136-15. Alternate Routes to Certification. Clarified language of converting an Alternative Teaching Certificate to an Initial Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate.

• §126-136-16. Out-of-State Applicants. Added an exception for Speech Language Pathologists who are licensed in a state where that State Department  of  Education  no longer issues a license so that they may be licensed in West Virginia  due  to  a  critical need. Language was removed that granted a Temporary Administrative Certificate for individuals who completed an out-of-state  program  and did  not take the  PRAXIS Exams to  receive a temporary certificate for one year to complete the PRAXIS Exam.

• §126-136-18. Appropriate Assignments According to Licensure. Clarified language for assignment of a Speech Language Pathologist to Pre-K-Adult as we do not offer a Birth­ Adult endorsement. The assignment of School Nutrition Director does not have  a permanent authorization. Added language that an individual holding the School Nurse Long-Term  Sub  Permit cannot  substitute in any other area unless the criteria from 11.7.c.1 were satisfied. Language was clarified as to who would hold the assignment of an Athletic Coach according to  the license issued and allows a temporary replacement for up to three days for the assigned coach or trainer during the assignment season. Updated language referring to English Language Learners.

• §126-136-19. Special Education. Added language that allows an applicant to provide written verification of a minimum of thirty hours of field-based experiences  serving students with Autism in place of the 50% field experience of coursework  of three of the six hours.

• §126-136-20. Athletic and Limited Football Trainer. Added Occupational Therapists as  a credential that  can  be used to obtain a Limited Football Trainer Authorization as per WVBE Policy 5112.

• §126-136-21. Additional Endorsement(s) for Existing License. Removed the  exception of Agricultural  Education on a Career and Technical Education certificates  as it  pertained to  a Professional Teaching Certificate.

• §126-136-22. Salary Classifications for Educators. Deleted unnecessary, ambiguous information  and  clarified language.

• §126-136-23. Fee Reimbursements and Salary Supplements. Removed the reimbursement for  moving expenses as the  Code section for  the  allowance  has expired. In addition, language was added and clarified requirements and reimbursements for the national Board for  Professional Teaching Standards.

• §126-136-24. Advanced Credentials. Added language to make the Option Pathways endorsement an advanced credential. Language was also added to reflect an Advanced Credential for Pet Grooming.

• Appendix A. Made changes to General Math Endorsement and Math Comprehensive Endorsement label and grade endorsement.

Impact:

These revisions to Policy 5202 assure appropriate certification of educators for licensure to work in the public schools of West Virginia in order to meet the needs of all students in the 21" century, as part of the cycle of continuous improvement. The flexibility afforded to districts in attracting and retaining highly effective educators is evidenced in policy revision.

PDF of the Policy

Link to WVDE comment site

 

If you have questions regarding any of the WVBE's policies, contact Davin White, WVEA Communications and Instructional Issues Specialist, by phone at 1.800.642.8261 ext. 116 or by email at dwhite@wvea.org