16 KAR 9:070. Kentucky Primary Alternative Certification Program

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/016/009/070.htm
Published: 2015

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      16 KAR 9:070. Kentucky Primary Alternative

Certification Program.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 161.028(1)(a), (c), 161.030,

161.048(3), 161.049

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 161.028(1)(a), (c),

161.030, 161.048(3), 161.049

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 161.048(3)

requires the Education Professional Standards Board to promulgate

administrative regulations establishing standards for local district training

programs and the approval and evaluation process for an alternative training

program for primary teachers. This administrative regulation establishes the

requirements for Kentucky's Primary Alternative Certification Program.

 

      Section 1. School District Plan. (1) Submission and

approval. A school district certification plan required by KRS 161.048(3) and

161.049(3) shall be submitted to the Office of Teacher Education and

Certification in the Kentucky Department of Education for review. The Office of

Teacher Education and Certification shall forward all plans that meet review

criteria to the Education Professional Standards Board for approval.

      (2) A district plan shall be signed by:

      (a)1. The district superintendent; or

      2. If the plan is submitted by a consortium, each

superintendent involved in the consortium; and

      (b) The dean of the teacher education unit at the

sponsoring college or university.

      (3) The district plan shall include the following:

      (a) Written evidence that the district has sought

joint sponsorship of the program with a college or university;

      (b) The names and qualifications of the individuals

who will provide formal instruction to participants;

      (c) A description of the required training program

for members of the professional support team;

      (d) A tentative budget to include anticipated

personnel costs for the period of time for which approval is requested;

      (e) The name, title, work address, and telephone

number of the program director;

      (f) A description of the candidate appeals process;

      (g) Professional support team roles and

expectations for each stage of the candidate training program; and

      (h) Time and personnel allocations for permitting

Phase 3 candidates to observe an experienced teacher at least one (1) class

period per week.

      (4) Review criteria and procedures.

      (a) Office of Teacher Education and Certification

staff shall review each plan in terms of:

      1. Compliance with established alternative

certification program administrative regulations;

      2. Adequacy of financial and personnel resources;

and

      3. Qualifications of training program staff,

particularly in the areas of instruction and supervision.

      (b) Office of Teacher Education and Certification

staff shall recommend acceptance or denial of the plan to the Education

Professional Standards Board along with a rationale for the recommendation.

      (c) The board shall:

      1. Review the staff recommendations;

      2. Approve or deny each plan; and

      3. Transmit the decision and rationale for the

decision to the district or group of districts.

      (d) Approval decisions granted by the board shall

specify the period for which approval is granted. The approval period shall not

exceed five (5) years.

      (e) If the plan is denied approval, it may be

revised and resubmitted.

      (5) Extension of approval. The superintendent of a

district or superintendents of a group of districts may request an extension of

program approval for an additional period not to exceed five (5) years. The

request shall include results of program evaluation and a financial impact analysis.

Additional assurances of program quality as requested by the Education

Professional Standards Board shall be provided.

      (6) Program revisions.

      (a) Significant deviations in program components

shall be submitted to the Education Professional Standards Board for approval

prior to implementation of program changes.

      (b) The proposed revision along with the

corresponding section of the original plan and a rationale for the revision

shall be sent to staff in the Office of Teacher Education and Certification for

review and presentation to the Education Professional Standards Board for approval.

 

      Section 2. Professional Support Team. The school

district shall assign a professional support team to each candidate.

      (1) Principal.

      (a) The principal, as chair, shall keep records of

the following:

      1. All informal classroom observations and

critiques;

      2. All formal classroom observations and

evaluations; and

      3. Documented changes made in the candidate's

professional growth plan.

      (b) At regular intervals, the chair shall convene

the candidate and the team to discuss professional progress and modifications

in the professional growth plan if needed.

      (2) Experienced teacher. The experienced teacher

shall hold current Kentucky certification valid for teaching in the primary

grades at Rank I or II levels and shall have at least four (4) years of

full-time teaching experience. At least one (1) year of the teaching experience

shall be in the district that has employed the candidate and at least one (1)

year shall be in a primary school program.

      (3) Instructional supervisor. The instructional

supervisor shall hold a valid Kentucky certificate for supervision of

instruction and shall have at least one (1) year of prior experience in the

employing school district. If an instructional supervisor is not available, the

district shall assign a person who holds a valid Kentucky certificate for

supervision of instruction and who has held the full-time position of

supervisor of instruction for at least one (1) year within the three (3)

preceding years.

      (4) College or university faculty member. The

college or university representative shall be a full-time or part-time faculty

member who has credentials or experiences in child development, early childhood

education, or a closely related field. If a faculty member is not available,

the district shall assign a person approved by a college or university who has

held the position of college faculty member within the preceding three (3)

years and whose credentials or experiences are in child development, early childhood

education, or a closely related field.

      (5) Training for professional support team.

      (a) Each member of the professional support team

shall successfully complete the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP)

training for classroom observers.

      (b) Each member of the support team shall

successfully complete the written and coding tests for the KTIP prior to

service on a professional support team.

      (c) Training for a team member shall not occur

after Phase 1 of the candidate training begins.

 

      Section 3. Procedures

for Admission. All candidates for entry into an alternative certification

program shall:

      (1)

Receive a one (1) year provisional teaching certificate prior to program

participation;

      (2)

Be classified as Rank IV for salary purposes; and

      (3)

Apply to the Office of Teacher Education and Certification in the Kentucky

Department of Education for the one (1) year provisional teaching certificate

by submitting:

      (a)

A completed Form TC-1, with the local district completing Section 4 of this

form; and

      (b)

The following items with the application:

      1. Official transcripts of all college work;

      2. Written evidence of an offer of employment by a

school district with an approved alternative certification program;

      3. Evidence of a criminal record review;

      4. Three (3) recent letters of reference from

persons not related to the candidate who are familiar with the candidate's

professional work; and

      5.

Documentation of the candidate's employment history, including a position

description that shows a direct relationship to the subject matter of the

candidate’s teaching field for:

      a.(i)

The candidate’s current position; or

      (ii)

If the candidate is currently unemployed, the position held immediately prior

to application for entry to the alternative training program; and

      b.

Each position submitted by the candidate to meet the experience requirement.

 

      Section 5. Professional Growth Plan. (1) An individual professional growth plan

shall:

      (a)

Be consistent with:

      1.

The district plan for assisting a teacher toward proficiency, as required by

KRS 156.101(6)(c)6;

      2.

The requirements of the New Teacher Standards established in 16 KAR 1:010; and

      3.

The district’s approved alternative certification proposal;

      (b)

Be developed for each candidate;

      (c)

Be discussed with the candidate prior to the beginning of the program;

      (d)

Address all phases of the training program; and

      (e)

Meet the requirements for formal instruction established in KRS 161.049(5).

Formal instruction shall:

      1.

Be designed to ensure that the candidate meets the requirements of the new

teacher standards established in 16 KAR 1:010; and

      2.

Relate directly to the:

      a.

Candidate’s professional growth plan; and

      b.

Knowledge base of the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP).

      (2) Approval of professional growth plan.

      (a) Each candidate's professional growth plan shall

be submitted to the Education Professional Standards Board for review and

approval.

      (b) If the board judges that the professional

growth plan is not consistent with the approved district plan, the board shall

deny approval of the individual plan and the candidacy until an appropriate

professional growth plan is approved.

      (c) For each candidate seeking certification

through an approved alternative training program, the district shall submit the

following to the Office of Teacher Education and Certification:

      1. Identification of the school or an accurate

description of another location, in which the candidate shall be trained during

the first eight (8) weeks of the program. Reasons for selecting a nonschool

site shall be provided;

      2. Identification of the school or an accurate

description of another location, in which the candidate shall teach and be

trained during the two (2) subsequent eighteen (18) week periods of training;

      3. The proposed daily work load appropriate for

Rank IV and a schedule of the candidate for each phase of the training;

      4. A copy of the official letter offering

employment to the candidate;

      5. Evidence that the candidate has accepted the

offered employment; and

      6. The names and positions of the members of the

professional support team to include evidence that each member has successfully

completed training and testing for participation in the Kentucky Teacher

Internship Program or the required update as established in 16 KAR 7:010.

 

      Section 6. Candidate Training Program. The candidate

training program shall provide essential knowledge and skills in three (3)

phases.

      (1) Phase 1 training. The professional support team

and the candidate shall meet before the candidate begins Phase 1 training for

orientation to the approved training program and to the responsibilities and

expectations for each team member and the candidate. Phase 1 training shall

comply with KRS 161.049(4)(a) and include the following:

      (a) An introduction to basic teaching strategies

through supervised teaching experiences with students.

      (b) Integration of the candidate's supervised

teaching experience with formal instruction in child development and learning,

basic teaching strategies, classroom management, dealing with diverse learning

styles of diverse student populations, student assessment with emphasis on

methods of continuous program assessment and authentic assessment tasks, an

understanding of school governance including school-based decision making, and

the knowledge base for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program.

      (c) A formal orientation to the policies,

organization, curriculum, and student characteristics of the employing

district. The orientation shall be supervised or provided by one (1) or more

members of the professional support team.

      (2) Phase 2 training. Phase 2 training shall comply

with KRS 161.049(4)(b) and include eighteen (18) weeks of formal instruction,

informal observations, and critiques of the candidate's performance. Formal

instruction, informal observations, critiques, and evaluations shall relate

directly to the candidate's professional growth plan and to the New Teacher

Standards established in 16 KAR 1:010 and subsection (1)(b) of this section.

Phase 2 training shall comply with the following:

      (a) Prior to or during the first week of Phase 2

training, the professional support team shall discuss with the candidate the

purpose and expectations of informal observations, critiques, formal

observations, and evaluations.

      (b) The candidate shall be visited, informally

observed, and critiqued at least once per week by one (1) or more members of

the professional support team. During the eighteen (18) week period, each

member of the support team shall visit, informally observe, and critique the

candidate at least five (5) times.

      (c) Each team member shall schedule a formal

observation of the candidate at least once during the first five (5) weeks,

once during the second five (5) weeks, and once during the last eight (8)

weeks.

      (d) The support team shall meet to formally

evaluate the candidate at the end of five (5) weeks, at the end of ten (10)

weeks, and at the end of eighteen (18) weeks. After each set of formal

evaluations, the support team shall meet with the candidate to discuss

evaluation results. Modifications of the candidate's professional growth plan

may be needed as a result of the formal evaluations.

      (3) Phase 3 training shall comply with KRS

161.049(4)(c) and include eighteen (18) weeks of formal instruction, informal

visits and critiques of classroom performance, and at least two (2) formal

observations and evaluations. Phase 3 training shall comply with the following:

      (a) Each member of the professional support team

shall informally visit and critique the candidate at least once per month. Each

informal observation shall last at least one (1) hour.

      (b) The candidate shall spend at least one (1)

class period per week observing an experienced teacher. Teachers selected for

observation shall represent a variety of models of primary classrooms and shall

be chosen for their ability to demonstrate a variety of exemplary teaching

techniques and strategies.

      (c) Each member of the professional support team

shall formally observe and evaluate the candidate at least twice.

      (4) Completion of training program.

      (a) The candidate shall take the specialty area

test identified in 16 KAR 6:010 no earlier than the Phase 3 training period.

The scores required of the candidate shall be those established in 16 KAR

6:010. The professional support team shall not recommend approval for a

candidate until passing scores are achieved on all required tests.

      (b) Upon completing the alternative training

program, obtaining a passing score on the specialty area test as established in

16 KAR 6:010, and upon receiving a recommendation of approval by the professional

support team, the candidate shall be issued a certificate of eligibility for

participation in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program established in KRS

161.030 and implemented through 16 KAR 7:010.

      (5) Informal observation and critique.

      (a) During an informal observation each support

team member shall record observations of the candidate's performance in

relation to the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program knowledge base and the

performance of students in the classroom. Team members may use the classroom

observation instrument of the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program. Each

informal observation leading to a critique shall be no less than twenty (20)

minutes. Visits for informal observations shall be announced and unannounced

and shall include the range of times and activities for which the candidate has

classroom responsibilities.

      (b) A conference shall be held with the candidate

following each informal observation to discuss results. The conference shall

occur as soon as possible after the observation in order to assist the

candidate in improving classroom performance and the performance of students.

      (6) Formal observation and evaluation.

      (a) Formal observations shall be scheduled in

advance with the candidate and shall last no less than one (1) hour each. Team

members shall use the classroom observation instrument of the Kentucky Teacher

Internship Program during each formal observation and shall provide observation

results to the candidate as soon as possible after the end of the formal observation.

      (b) As a part of the formal evaluation, team

members shall review the candidate's progress as recorded on observation

instruments, notes, and other documents relating to the candidate's classroom

performance.

      (c) Each formal evaluation shall consist of the

team's written assessment of the candidate's performance as measured through

formal and informal observations.

      (d) Following each set of formal evaluations, the

team shall meet with the candidate to discuss evaluation results which may lead

to modification of the candidate's professional growth plan. The team and the

candidate shall plan together for the candidate's professional growth over the

following training periods.

      (7) Evaluation report of the candidate.

      (a) The professional support team shall make a

recommendation pursuant to KRS 161.049(6).

      (b) All team members shall vote on the final

recommendation. If the professional support team fails to achieve a majority

vote (3-1 or 4-0) for any recommendation, the decision shall be interpreted as

falling under the insufficient category. The team chair shall prepare a

narrative describing the vote. Team members may attach an individual position

statement to any recommendation. All documents shall be forwarded by the chair

to the Education Professional Standards Board for review.

 

      Section 7. Candidate Appeals Process. (1) The

sponsoring district or consortium shall establish an appeal process for

candidates in the alternative training program and shall notify the Education

Professional Standards Board of this process at the time of application for

approval of the program.

      (2) Complaints relative to failure of the

sponsoring district or consortium or the professional support team to comply

with and follow all prescribed statutory and regulatory requirements and

procedures of an approved alternative training program shall be directed to and

assessed by the superintendent or designee of the sponsoring district or consortium.

The district shall notify the Education Professional Standards Board of all appeals

and actions taken as a result of appeals.

 

      Section 8. Program Evaluation. (1) The district or consortium proposal for

an alternative teacher preparation program shall include:

      (a)

A schedule for short-range program evaluation, including an evaluation of the

effectiveness of the:

      1.

Formal instruction in relation to acquisition by the candidate of the knowledge

and competencies specified in this administrative regulation;

      2.

Supervised teaching;

      3.

Assistance provided by the professional support team; and

      4.

Candidate in the classroom during the two (2) eighteen (18) week training

sessions; and

      (b)

A schedule for long-range program evaluation, including an evaluation of the:

      1.

Goals of the alternative preparation program; and

      2.

Effectiveness of the program in meeting these goals.

      (2)(a) The Education Professional Standards Board

shall conduct, or cause to be conducted, periodic reviews of the district

training programs which shall include on-site evaluations to verify the quality

of the programs.

      (b) The on-site evaluations shall be scheduled in

advance with the district to:

      1. Allow sufficient time for the district to

provide evaluation results and other necessary records and documents;

      2. Ensure availability of program staff and

candidates; and

      3. Provide other facilities for the conduct of

evaluation.

      (c) The Education Professional Standards Board

shall:

      1. Provide a copy of its evaluation report to the

district within thirty (30) working days of receipt of the board's evaluation

report;

      2. Review the report and response; and

      3. Take appropriate action. If in the judgment of

the board an alternative training program exhibits continuing and

insurmountable weaknesses, the board shall direct termination of the program at

the end of the school year.

 

      Section

9. Incorporation by Reference. (1) Form TC-1, revised 7/99, is incorporated by

reference.

      (2)

This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained at the Education

Professional Standards Board, 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky

40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (18 Ky.R. 2903; eff. 5-1-92; Am. 26 Ky.R. 1039; 1418; eff. 1-18-2000;

recodified from 704 KAR 20:610, 7-2-2002.)