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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).
  Change in Elementary Authorization Placement Language
  Released: Friday, February 15, 2008 at 5:00 PM
Effectively immediately, the Commission has amended OAR 584-060-0051 - Teaching Authorization Levels, the administrative rules to add more flexibility to districts for placing Initial or Continuing Teachers with an Elementary Authorization (ELE). [There were no other changes to the other authorization levels for the time being.]

The amendments to the rules remove references to buildings (elementary, middle school, or junior high school) and to environments (self-contained or departmentalized.) Now, if the educator is licensed to teach in a certain "grade", it does not matter what environment they are placed in.

The Commission will spend the next several months examining the current authorization levels and attempt to address some problems that have arisen during the 8 year implementation period. It is not expected that the Commission will make any radical changes, but possibly some well-thought out refinements. Please watch future Commission meeting agendas and minutes for more information. [Next meeting: May 15-16, 2008.]

NOTE OF CAUTION: This does not remove any obligation to ensure that educators meet the definition of "highly qualified teacher" under the NCLB. So, when placing an elementary authorized teacher with the multiple subjects endorsement in grades 7 and 8; they must also be HQT.


  Archived: March 10, 2008  [VC:316-1] 
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