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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).
  Civil Rights and Ethics Test Requirements - Change Effective Immediately ( July 13, 2010 )
  Released: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM
Effective immediately, TSPC is required to obtain passing scores on the Protecting Students and Civil Rights in the Education Environment test for all first time Oregon licenses EXCEPT for applicants who are making an application on the basis of an out-of-state license. ORS 342.123.
This requirement has been in the law for many years, but has not been properly implemented by TSPC. Licenses affected include, but may not be limited to:
1. All Limited Licenses (Teaching and Personnel Service)
2. Emergency Teaching Licenses
3. Substitute Teaching Licenses
4. Restricted Substitute Teaching Licenses
5. Career and Technical Education (CTE) I Teaching License
6. Charter School Teacher
7. Charter School Administrator
8. Emergency School Psychologist
9. Emergency Administrator
10. Emergency School Counselor
11. NCLB Alternative Route Teaching Licenses
12. Restricted Transitional Teaching Licenses
13. Restricted Transitional School Psychologist
14. Restricted Transitional Administrator Licenses
15. Restricted Transitional School Counselor License
16. American Indian Language License
Please take note of the following:
Upcoming Test Dates: The next administration of the Protecting Students and Civil Rights in the Education Environment test is on August 2, 2010. Registration is still available for that test at: http://www.orela.nesinc.com/
At our request, the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson has agreed to establish extra administrations of this test in September and November. The next "regular" dates following the August administration are: October 2, 2010 and December 4, 2010.
The special administrations of this test will be in limited locations and dates are yet to be established. Please visit our Web site for updates on this issue at: www.Oregon.gov/TSPC
Out-of-state applicants: This law does not affect applicants requesting first licensure on the basis of an out-of-state license. These applicants have up to three years to complete the requirement pursuant to ORS 342.400.

Pertinent Statutes:
342.123 Knowledge of civil rights laws and ethical standards required. In addition to and not in lieu of any other law or rule or standard established by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, the commission shall require an applicant for a first-time license or registration issued by the commission to demonstrate knowledge of:
(1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and other relevant federal and state statutes prohibiting discrimination; and
(2) Ethical standards of professional conduct for licensees and registrants, as determined by the commission. [1977 c.805 2; 1981 c.663 1; 2009 c.392 1]

342.400 Licensing requirements for out-of-state applicants; reciprocal agreements; rules. (1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall not issue a license to an out-of-state applicant unless the applicant has met the professional requirements established by rule by the commission and has completed a course of study substantially similar to that required for an in-state applicant.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, if the commission establishes that the position or positions to be filled are in a geographic or subject matter area in which there are an insufficient number of in-state applicants, the commission may issue a license to an out-of-state applicant who has completed a course of study approved by the commission.
(3) In situations described in subsection (2) of this section, the commission shall adopt by rule standards providing for equal treatment for graduates of approved Oregon colleges and universities.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the commission may enter into a reciprocal agreement with the appropriate official of any other state for licensure of applicants from the state if the commission determines that the standards and requirements for certification or licensure in that state are substantially similar to the standards and requirements for licensure under applicable statutes of this state and rules of the commission.
(5) Teachers granted licenses under subsections (2), (3) and (4) of this section shall be required to meet all standards required of Oregon teachers, including the requirements of ORS 342.123, not later than three years following the date of initial granting of the license. [1965 c.535 9; 1973 c.270 13; 1979 c.307 6; 1981 c.663 5; 1987 c.503 8; 1993 c.45 173; 1993 c.333 1]



  Archived: October 1, 2010  [VC:410-1] 
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