Category Archives: Tiered Certification

My Letter to the State Board Regarding Certification Rule Change.

Below is the letter I sent to the Board regarding TIERED LICENSURE PROPOSAL FOR STATE RULES.

According to the new rules, an administrator’s evaluation has the potential to impact your teaching certification.  This is particularly true for new teachers.

Remember, we only have 20 days remaining to contact the board and let them know what you think!

Please cc me on any emails you send to the board regarding this policy change. I would like to publish fellow educator’s viewpoints.

The Board’s email is board@osbe.idaho.gov

My email to cc is levibcavener@gmail.com.

My letter,  in full, is below.

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You’re Fired! By the Way, I Took Your Certification too!

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EDIT 8/16: The IEA was kind enough to forward some information via email that was unavailible online at the time of the original post, and I’ve updated the links below.

The IEA provided me with a nicely succinct document that does a good job summarizing what the board was voting on titled TIERED LICENSURE PROPOSAL FOR STATE RULES.

However, for those that want to read the gigantic official state file, it is available here.  Be forewarned: you’re going to need some quality reading time.

This information changes a few minor things, but I remain steadfast to the original post that this rule has the potential to strip certification.

For example, an initial residency certificate, if not renewed due to inability to meet new evaluation requirements, will effectively de facto strip that teacher of certification and force them to take at least 1 year off to work on “deficiencies.”

This contrasts to today’s procedure where a teacher’s employment might be terminated, but certainly not their certification.

In addition, a teacher on a professional certificate that is unable to meet renewal due to the new evaluation requirements will be stripped of their professional certificate and placed on a contingent certificate. Although this will allow the individual to continue teaching, it strips them of the professional certification and any leadership pay they may have had.

Again, this is much different than today’s procedure where employment might end, but the certificate remains in the hands of the instructor.

In other words, this rule proposal still has the potential to strip certification from a teacher; albeit the certification stripped depends on the type of certificate the instructor held to begin with.

Confusing right?

Original 8/14 Post:

Despite consistent criticism by Idaho’s teachers, the State Board of Education voted tonight to tentatively proceed with a rule change that would allow a teacher’s certification to be revoked by an administrator.

That’s right: for the first time in Idaho’s history, it won’t be the Idaho Standards Commission who is in charge of revocation of Idaho’s teaching certificates; rather, an administrator’s evaluation will dictate not only continued employment, but the ability to teach via the non-renewal of a teacher’s certificate.

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Please Pass that Test, Johnny!

Pass Or Fail Keys To Show Exam Or Test ResultDespite consistent criticism from educators around the state to tying compensation and certification to student growth as measured by standardized tests (SBAC), the Tiered Licensure Committee continues to insist that compensation and teacher certification be tied to student test scores.

A refresher, I emailed every member of both the technical advisory committee as well as the subcomittee about a month ago.  To some members credit, including IEA President Penni Cyr and Superintendent Luna, I received a legitimate concerned response.  However, it seems the bulk of the members declined to open a dialogue, and little (if any) of my concern–particularly to special education and English language learner students–made it into the discussion.

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The Value Added Model is still a Model that Disvalues

The Value Added Model is still a Model that Disvalues

wpid-Cavener-Headshot.jpgBy Levi B Cavener

Superintendent Tom Luna, last week, was kind enough to respond to my concerned regarding SBAC testing and the Value Added Model (VAM) for special education students.  I am appreciative of his feedback, but I am critical of several elements in his response.

I am concerned that the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC, appointed by Luna) is not working collaboratively with the Tiered Licensure Committee.  I have heard several comments from this committee that they have not seen recommendations from the TAC committee.  This concerns me greatly.

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Superintendent Luna’s Response to Concern over Tiered Teaching Certification Proposal

LunaSuperintendent Tom Luna replied back to me regarding my recent OpEd article which laid out my concern about the proposed tiered teacher certification and value added model.

I do have a follow up commentary planned for his response soon, but for today I’ll let him speak for himself.  His response, in full, is below. Continue reading

IEA President, Penny Cyr, Responds to Tiered Licensure: Administrators will Have the Power to Revoke Certification

cyrLast week I sent my concern about the impact the proposed tiered teacher certification and Value Added Model (VAM) model to all members of the Career Ladder / Tiered Licensure Committee.

It was my hope to make sure special education students are a priority as this new possible model is being discussed, obtain some answers regarding the draft language, along with getting some input from committee members and lawmakers on their personal feelings regarding the proposed model. Continue reading