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Title: NCLB%20Influence%20on%20K-12%20Teacher%20Licensure%20and%20Professional%20Development%20in%20Vermont


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NCLB Influence on K-12 Teacher Licensure and
Professional Development in Vermont
Russell M. Agne The University of Vermont January
6, 2008
2
AbstractThe NCLB Act (2001) led Vermont to
substantially change policies and practices for
K-12 teacher preparation and licensure
Terms used NCLB Act
(No Child Left Behind) HQT (Highly
Qualified Teacher) VSBPE (Vermont
Standards Board for Professional
Educators) GLE (Grade Level
Expectations) ROPA (Results Oriented
Program Approval) NECAP (New England
Common Assessment Program)
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Issues Analyzed
  • Effect on initial (pre-service) K-12 teacher
    licensure
  • Effect on currently teaching K-12 teachers
    (relicensure, HQT)
  • VSBPE Policy Formulation
  • Positive NCLB Act outcomes
  • Ongoing challenges in addressing NCLB directives

4
Educator Perspectives
  • Curriculum is now driven by tests
  • Focus on systematic change
  • Closing of student achievement gap with
  • more attention on deficit learners
  • Some federal funding
  • Has a punitive ending that does not
  • celebrate success (IDEA)
  • Accountability-GLEs
  • Must value all curriculum areas and
  • move beyond math and literacy

5
Issue 1 Effect on initial K-12 Teacher Licensure
  • Documentation of teaching candidate
  • performance through portfolio assessment
  • Rigorous state teacher-education program
  • licensure policies (ROPA)
  • Systems record keeping with proprietary
  • software (Teachers Workplace,TaskStream)
  • Alternative routes to licensure (ALP)promoted
  • Increasing focus on K-12 student learning
  • outcomes (CIComplex Instruction)
  • Review and enhancement of teacher education
  • curriculum (NCATE at UVM)

6
The Vermont Framework of Standards Learning
Opportunities (2000)
Shelburne Farms Field Trip Spend a day on the
farm during lambing season. Educational
Standards Taught Visual Arts, 5.29-5.30
Natural Resources, 7.16 Understanding Place,
4.6 Sustainability, 3.9
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Teacher Preparation Tools TaskStream Lesson
Protocol at UVM (1/2)
  • Subject
  • Unit and Topic
  • Grade/Level
  • Teacher Goals
  • Learning Context
  • Student Learning Objectives
  • Assessment of Stated Objectives
  • Standards
  • Procedures
  • Differentiation

http//www.taskstream.com/
8
TaskStream Lesson Protocol at UVM (2/2)
  • Collaboration
  • Sample Student Products
  • Time Allotment
  • Assessment
  • Authors Comments and Reflections
  • Management Considerations
  • Resources

Scoring Rubric (1) Unsatisfactory (2)
Approaching Expectations (3) Meets
Expectations (4) Exceeds Expectations
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Grade Level Expectations (GLEs)
Subject Science Grade Grades 3-4 Strand Life
Science GE Stem S 3-430 Students
demonstrate their understanding of
Structure and Function-Survival
Requirements by Expectation Identifying how
the physical structure of an organism allows it
to survive and defend itself
Used today in all Vermont K-12 public schools
10
Issue 2 Effect on Current K-12 Educators
  • Individual Professional Development Plans
    (IPDP)
  • submitted every 7 years
  • Highly Qualified Teacher (HTQ) criteria
    established
  • Professional Development Workshops, courses,
  • mentoring
  • Local (N68) and Regional (N6) Standards
    Boards
  • VSBPE developed relicensure guidelines
    followed
  • 5 Standards for Vermont EducatorsApple
  • Book learning, professional knowledge,
  • colleagueship, advocacy and
    accountability

11
Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Definitions
  • The teacher has not had certification or
    licensure requirements waived on an emergency,
    temporary, or provisional basis.
  • The teacher has full state certification as a
    teacher or passed the state teacher licensing
    examination and holds a license to teach in such
    state.

12
  • Vermont HQT Data 2005-2006

School Type of Core Academic Classes
taught by Highly Qualified
Teachers All Schools

90.6 Elementary Schools (All)
91.3 High Poverty
89.3 Low-Poverty

91.4 Secondary Level (All)
90.2 High-Poverty
90.3
Low-Poverty
93.2 http//education.vermont.gov/

13
Issue 3 Policy Development by Vermont Standards
Board for Professional Educators
  • The VSBPE develops policy in collaboration
  • with the Vermont Department of Education
  • 16 members, teacher majority, monthly
  • meetings, appointed by Vermont Governor
  • Cooperation with Vermont NEA and 14
  • higher education institutions
  • -- FY 2007 8,855 teachers S/T ratio
  • of 11.29 serve 95,559 students

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Issue 4 Positive Outcomes
  • Curriculum Grade Cluster Expectations
  • (GLEs) using 2-grade clusters resulted
    in
  • flexibility for school programs and
    curricula
  • Realistic administration of NCLB by Vermont
  • Department of Education
  • Funding of DOE content specialists and
  • assessment support for all content areas
  • CTQ national participation continued
    gt

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Positive Outcomes
  • Joint funding with NH and RI to
  • develop common content areas for
  • science assessment (NECAP)
  • Continuation of hands-on science
  • performance tasks for all students at
  • grades 4 and 8
  • VT initiated Math and Literacy
  • content targets modified
  • with NH and RI to become NECAP

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Issue 5 Ongoing Challenges
  • Participation in the NCLB
  • reauthorization process now before
  • Congress
  • Moving beyond the initial focus on math
  • and literacy into all curriculum areas
  • Consideration of alternative assessment,
  • particularly in special education and
  • ELL
  • Professional development and mentoring
  • of teachers

17
Summary topics confronting Vermont today around
NCLB
  • Teacher quality
  • Student testing
  • Achievement indicators
  • Scientifically-based research
  • Public school choice
  • Claims for and against NCLB
  • Standards
  • Value of all core content areas

18
Acknowledgments
Gail Hall, Vermont Dept. of Education Marta
Cambra, Vermont Dept. of Education Jon Bellum,
UVM Sue MacCormick, UVM Sandra MacLeod,
UVM Charles Rathbone, UVM
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Resources
Vermont Teacher Education Program Approval-ROPA
http///education.vermont.gov/new/html/maincert.ht
ml Vermont Educator Licensing (Department of
Education) http//education.vermont.gov/new/html/l
icensing/hqt.html Vermont Standards Board for
Professional Educators http//education.vermont.go
v/new/html/pgm_prostandards.html Taskstream at
UVM ( licensure recommendation protocol) www.uvm.e
du/cess/taskstream U.S. Department of Education
website http//www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml
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