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  News Release
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).
  Status of the High Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation (HOUSSE)
  Released: Friday, March 24, 2006 at 5:00 PM
In January, the Commission passed a temporary rule amending the HOUSSE standards at the direction of the federal government. Those rules were filed in early February and can be found at: arcweb.sos.state.or.us/rules/OARS_500/OAR_584/584_100.html.
Look for: OAR 584-100-0038.

The new HOUSSE applies only to teachers in grades seven (7) through twelve (12). It allows veteran teachers to be evaluated for highly qualified status on the basis of coursework and experience. The new format allows for a one hundred (100) point system up to which fifty (50) points may come from experience. The second fifty (50) points must come from academic coursework related to the core academic subject or through professional development directly related to the core academic subjects.

Generally, the formula works like this:

1. One (1) full year of experience teaching the core academic subject at least one (1) period a day will be worth ten (10) points;
2. One (1) quarter hour of college course work in the core academic subject, 100-level or above, is worth three (3) points (One (1) semester hour is worth 4.5 points);
3. One (1) hour of professional development directly related to the core academic subject is worth 0.15 points.

A teacher with five (5) years of experience teaching the core academic subject will need at least seventeen (17) quarter hours of college-level coursework in the core academic subject to meet the HOUSSE standards for "highly qualified teacher" in that core academic subject.

We are currently writing a computer program to assist in the evaluations. This program will be available on the Web for anyone to assess whether they are highly qualified in the core academic subject.

It is our goal to have the system up and fully running and the pending evaluations completed on or before July 1, 2006.

The federal government has approved our PRAXIS Social Studies tests for highly qualified teachers. The high school level test would make an educator highly qualified in all four (4) social studies areas in grades seven (7) through twelve (12). The middle-level social studies test would make an educator highly qualified in only grades seven (7) and eight (8).

If an educator wishes to determine HQT status based on a HOUSSE examination (experience and coursework), then the educator must have the coursework AND experience in each one of the independent core academic areas in the social studies domain; e.g.: History; Geography; Civics and Government; and Economics.

The federal law only requires that the state have a uniform standard that is applied to all educators in determining HQT status. Therefore, if the district has adequate information to make the determination, TSPC does not have to do an independent evaluation.

Over eighty (80) percent of the HQT decisions can be made by matching the educator's license to their coursework: For example: A Standard Teaching License with a Standard Advanced Mathematics endorsement is highly qualified to teach ALL math in grades seven (7) through twelve (12). An Initial, Continuing, or Preliminary Teaching License with a Multiple-Subjects Self-Contained endorsement and either an Early Childhood (ECE grades K-3); Elementary (ELEM grades 3 to 6) or Middle-Level (MDLVL grades 4-9) authorization is highly qualified to teach the grades that are within those authorizations.

Only the assignments that don't appear to match up with the license are the ones that you may want to submit to TSPC for evaluation.

KEEP IN MIND: All licenses are evaluated for HQT status upon renewal as part of the renewal process.

The previous $10 fee did not cover the costs of evaluating the licenses for meeting the federal definitions of highly qualified. By law, TSPC's fees are required to cover the costs incurred in the service. The $50 is expected to cover the costs for these evaluations.


  Archived: June 1, 2006  [VC:261-1] 
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