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The following is a news release from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Commission. If there are more details that we can provide for you, please feel free to contact us (see Contact Us).
 
 
  Conditional Assignment Permit Update
  Released: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 5:00 PM
 
 
 
The following information is regarding 2003-2004 CAPS and the upcoming 2004-2005 CAPS

2003-2004 CAPS:

Because we have been working on making this process entirely electronic, we are still working on completing Conditional Assignment Permit (CAP) letters for the 2003-2004 school year. Most educators should know that the majority of endorsements can be added by taking the appropriate Praxis exams and completing either a 3 quarter hours practicum in the new endorsement area or one year of successful experience teaching in the new endorsement area on their approved CAP.

Some endorsements such as special education for all license holders and reading for Initial and Continuing Teaching Licenses require completion of an approved teacher education program (including the appropriate Praxis exams). Adding new grade level authorizations or qualifying for another type of license also requires completion of an approved teacher education program. However, educators who are uncertain whether a program is required should contact TSPC by email at contact.tspc@state.or.us.

Those educators who need to complete a program to clear their conditional assignment will be able to obtain an approved one-year extension if needed at the end of the CAP for caps issued in 2003-2004 ONLY. The Commission has approved an extension only if someone can show a genuine hardship regarding why they are unable to complete the program in the remaining time on the CAP.

Finally, educators should never attempt to craft a program without consulting university officials. Only universities can verify completion of any required program. Educators who attempt to complete endorsement programs without formal approval of the college or university do so at their peril. TSPC will not accept the work without formal university approval.

Barring further unexpected delays, letters of CAP approval and instructions to correct conditional assignments for the 2003-04 school year should be sent out by September 15, 2004.

Thank you for your patience as we work through bringing this paper-intensive process into the electronic world.


2004-2005 CAPS:

On September 1, TSPC will implement a web-based application for school districts to electronically submit CAPs to TSPC. The new process will allow us to track when the CAP has been received and the process will also generate a confirmation notice automatically upon receipt.

The process to submit CAPS will be very similar to the current process for sending an expedited service request. Sending the CAPS electronically will require that you use your TSPC Online Services Account on our Website.

If you wish to continue to use the CAP forms for your needs, you will find new 2004-05 CAP worksheets on our website. However, you will notice that we have also changed the CAP forms. There now are two forms, one for the Basic and Standard Licenses and one for the Initial and Continuing Licenses. Please check the educator's license type carefully before choosing the appropriate worksheet. If you choose to complete the worksheets, please do not send them to TSPC. Hold them and use them to assist you in inputting the data electronically after September 1. When you begin inputting the CAPS, you will see that you will not be able to input a CAP for educators who do not hold a current license or who hold provisional licenses. All others will go through which means the CAP application has been accepted. The next step will be formal review and notification in writing to the district of the approved CAP and the advice letter to the educator for completing CAP requirements. This second step should take place sometime in October.

If you have already submitted paper CAP requests to TSPC, we will be returning them to you for submission electronically after September 1.

If you need assistance in setting up your on line account, please contact us at contact.tspc@state.or.us
 

 

  Archived: February 1, 2005  [PL:183-1] 
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