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From the Desk of Keith Menk
    Deputy Director / Director of Teacher Education Programs
      The Commission approved the following actions at recent commission meetings
      Monday, March 19, 2012
 
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NES: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Effective September 4, 2012, the NES ESOL will be accepted in Oregon as the official test of this content area, replacing the ORELA ESOL Examination. Registration and test information for the NES ESOL will be available through the ORELA Web site starting June 18, 2012. The TSPC will convene an Oregon committee to meet and recommend an Oregon passing score for the NES ESOL.

NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS): Reading, Writing, Mathematics
- Beginning June 21, 2011, the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics subtests) is the preferred basic skills test. Passing scores from the CBEST, WEST-B, or Praxis I will still be accepted. CBEST computer-based testing continues to be offered in Oregon, however paper-based administrations of the test have been discontinued.

NES General Science
- Effective September 1, 2011, the NES General Science is accepted in Oregon as the official test of this content area, replacing the Praxis Integrated Science exam. The Commission adopted a passing score of 220 for the NES General Science.

NES Elementary Education
- Effective September 4, 2012, the NES Elementary Education (Subtests I and II) will be accepted in Oregon as the official test of this content area, replacing the ORELA Multiple Subjects Examination (MSE). Registration and test information for the NES Elementary Education will be available through the ORELA Web site starting June 18, 2012. The TSPC will convene an Oregon committee to meet and recommend Oregon passing scores for the NES Elementary Education.

The last paper administration of the MSE will be on June 9, 2012. The MSE will be accepted by the Commission for the purposes of licensure until September 1, 2014. Applicants applying for licensure on or after September 1, 2014, will need to have successfully passed the NES Elementary Education.

ORELA Administrator Examination and Other School Personnel Licenses
Effective September 6, 2012, the ORELA Administrator Examination will be offered as a computer-based test. The commission adopted a resolution that this examination is no longer required for licensure in Oregon.

The Commission also adopted a resolution making all examinations for Other School Personnel licenses (School Counseling, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Continuing Administrator) optional and not required for licensure. Oregon programs may still require the examinations as part of their assessment and data collection on candidate competency.

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  The Commission approved the following actions at the most recent commission meetings.
  Tuesday, February 28, 2012
 
 
NES ESOL
- NES ESOL will be accepted in Oregon effective September 1, 2012. It will replace the ORELA ESOL. Oregon and NES will convene an Oregon Standard Setting committee to meet and recommend an Oregon passing score for the test by September 1, 2012.

NES EAS: Reading, Writing, Mathematics
- NES EAS (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) will be accepted immediately in Oregon as the TSPC’s preferred test for satisfying basic skills (note, CBEST, WEST-B and Praxis I will still be accepted).

- CBEST paper based testing will not be offered in Oregon beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year. CBEST CBT will still be offered and accepted.

NES General Science
- The NES General Science will be accepted in Oregon effective September 1, 2011. It will replace the Praxis Integrated Science exam. The Commission adopted a passing score of 220 for the examination.

NES Elementary

NES Elementary will be accepted in Oregon effective September 1, 2012. The NES Elementary test will replace the ORELA MSE examination. The last paper administration of the MSE will be in June 2012. The first administration of the NES Elementary examination will be September 1, 2012. TSPC and NES will convene an Oregon Standard Setting committee to meet and recommend an Oregon passing score for the test by September 1, 2012. The ORELA MSE will be accepted by the Commission for the purposes of licensure until September 1, 2014. Applicants applying for licensure on or after September 1, 2014 will have to have successfully passed the NES Elementary examination. Similar to the ORELA MSE, the NES Elementary test comes in two subtests. The test frameworks can be found at: http://www.tspc.oregon.gov/educator_preparation/test_info.asp

The current paper-based administrator test will also migrate to a computer-based platform on September 1, 2012. The commission adopted a resolution that this examination is no longer required for licensure in Oregon.

The Commission adopted a resolution at the recent meeting making all examinations for Other School Personnel licenses (School Counseling, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Continuing Administrator) optional and not required for licensure. Oregon programs may still require the examinations as part of their assessment and data collection on candidate competency.


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  Assessment Conference Material
  Tuesday, January 17, 2012
 
 
January 13, 2012 - Assessment Conference Material: The presentation material and the two handbooks referenced at the conference are posted for your information.

TSPC Professional Standards Manual
Site Visit Manual
Assessment Conference Powerpoint
Rosselli Presentation Powerpoint

If you have any questions, please contact me.


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  Test Fees
  Tuesday, November 8, 2011
 
 
ORELA TESTS:

Protecting Student and Civil Rights in Educational Environment
  $80 per test
  $50 technology fee
  $130 total for test

Administrator
  $80 per subtest
  $160 for two subtests
  $30 one-time registration processing fee for paper-based testing.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  $80 per subtest
  $160 for two subtests
  $30 one-time registration processing fee for paper-based testing.

Multiple Subjects Exam
  $80 per subtest
  $160 for two subtests
  $30 one-time registration processing fee for paper-based testing.

NES TESTS:

Essential Academic Skills
  $50 for one Essential Academic Skills subtest
  $75 for any two Essential Academic Skills subtests
  $100 for any three Essential Academic Skills subtests

Elementary Education (Effective September 2012)
  $50 for one Elementary Education subtest
  $95 for both Elementary Education subtests

The fee for all other NES tests is $95 per test. To date, Oregon has adopted the following additional tests:

Middle Grades Assessments
  Middle Grades English Language Arts
  Middle Grades General Science
  Middle Grades Mathematics
  Middle Grades Social Science

Secondary Assessments
  Biology
  Business Education
  Chemistry
  English Language Arts
  Family and Consumer Sciences
  General Science
  History
  Mathematics
  Physics
  Social Science

K–12 Assessments
  Art
  English to Speakers of Other Languages (Effective September 2012)
  Health
  Music
  Physical Education
  School Counselor
  School Library Media Specialist
  Spanish
  Special Education


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  NBPTS System Upgrades - July 2011
  Monday, June 27, 2011
 
 
From Friday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 20, My Profile and applications for Certification and Take One! Will be unavailable as NBPTS makes system upgrades.

During this time candidates and Take One! Participants will not be able to make any online payments. All financial transactions, including checks, transmittal memos, and payments from Third Party Payers, can be received but won’t be applied until the upgrades are completed.

To limit the impact to our customers and stakeholders, the upgrades are planned during the period application and payment activity has been historically low. An online interest form and contact every individual to facilitate the completion of their application once the system is available again. Customer support will be provided through our Online Inquiry Service and 1-800-22TEACH during the system upgrades. These system upgrades will strengthen the level of support provided to candidates, customers, and partners. NBPTS will be providing additional information on our system upgrades in the upcoming weeks.


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  Testing Information
  Thursday, June 2, 2011
 
 
The Commission approved the following actions at the most recent commission meeting.

NES ESOL
- NES ESOL will be accepted in Oregon effective September 1, 2012. It will replace the ORELA ESOL. Oregon would like an Oregon Standard Setting committee to meet and recommend an Oregon Passing Score for the test.

NES EAS: Reading, Writing, Mathematics
- NES EAS (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) will be accepted immediately in Oregon as the TSPC’s preferred test for satisfying basic skills (note, CBEST, WEST-B and Praxis I will still be accepted).

- CBEST paper based testing will not be offered in Oregon beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year. CBEST CBT will still be offered and accepted.

NES General Science
- The NES General Science will be accepted in Oregon effective September 1, 2011. It will replace the Praxis Integrated Science exam.


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  NBCT News
  Monday, February 14, 2011
 
 
Oregon National Board Certification Funding. Please see attach flyer for details.

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  Computer Delivered Exams Update
  Thursday, February 3, 2011
 
 
Computer-delivered Pearson Tests Update

Oregon is moving from a paper-based Civil Rights test (last administration is 2/5/2011) to a computer-based test (CBT). That means the Civil Rights test will be available at VUE centers on demand by the educator. The planned launch date for the CBT is February 15th.

Computer-delivered Praxis II® Tests Update

The rollout of computer-delivered Praxis II tests began last fall. The first World Language testing window took place in October. Candidates are currently registering for the next Praxis World Language testing window scheduled for February 12, 14, 15 and 18. Registration can be completed online by going to www.ets.org/praxis/register or by calling Prometric Candidate Services at 1 800 853 6773. Oregon requires Praxis tests for French (5174) and German (5183)

There will be an additional test titles introduced onto computer in 2011.


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  All national passing scores were set
  Wednesday, August 25, 2010
 
 
All national passing scores were set for 220.

Below is the list of passing scores set for Oregon by the Commission on August 19, 2010

CodeTest NameScore
101Early Childhood Education232
201Middle Grades English Lang Arts222
202Middle Grads Social Science227
203Middle Grades Math (Basic Math)225
204Middle Grades Science228
301English Language Arts236
303Social Science237
304Mathematics225
305Biology220
306Chemistry220
307Earth and Space222
308Physics232
309Business Education 234
310Family and Consumer Sciences235
401Spanish – Multiple Choice
Spanish – Presentation Writing
Spanish – Presentational Speaking
226
501School Counselor224
502School Library Media Specialist220
503Art230
504Music220
505Health240
506Physical Education224
601Special Education228


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  TSPC is sponsoring a site visit training (target audience are institutions preparing for visits and site team members) event September 13, 2010.
  Sunday, August 1, 2010
 
 
This training is designed for educators and higher education faculty assigned as site team members and institution personnel responsible for preparation for state and national accreditation visits and. The event is scheduled at the George Fox University, Portland Center campus on September 13, 2010. If you are interested in attending, please complete the attached registration form for details.registration form and return to TSPC by August 27, 2010.

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  Institutions with approved programs must submit annual reports to the Commission.
  Tuesday, June 15, 2010
 
 
Details to be included in the annual reports are listed rule 584-010-0050.

584-010-0050
Annual Report from the Unit
(1) Annual reports will be submitted to the Commission by July 31 of each year. Units unable to submit the annual report by this date must notify the Coordinator of Teacher Education of the reasons for the delay and the date the report is expected to be delivered. This information will be immediately shared with the Commission.

(2) The unit shall identify:
(a) Changes to the mission statement and how it relates to the mission of the college or university; and
(b) Long and short term strategic plans;

(3) The unit will show evidence of continual review of programs by:
(a) Reflecting on the degree of accomplishment in meeting the goals through student performance in course work, field studies, and work samples;
(b) Reflecting on the degree of accomplishments in meeting the goals through follow-up of recent graduates; and
(c) Statement of future goals for next academic year with the indicators to be used for measurement of accomplishment.

(4) The unit will report:
(a) Any deviation from approved programs;
(b) Modifications of programs not subject to OAR 584-010-0045;
(c) Any change in the liaison officer;
(d) Addition of off-campus courses, including but not limited the addition of online or distance delivery of courses within an approved program;
(e) Evidence that the consortium meets regularly and has reviewed evaluation results and made recommendations for improvement of program design and operation;
(f) Evidence that the unit has provided written response to consortium recommendations; and
(g) Data indicating number of students enrolled in approved programs by content and authorization levels and how this compares to the previous five years.

(5) Annual reports are not due during the year in which the unit has been subject to an on-site visit for purposes of program approval continuation. For purposes of this subsection, a year will be from July 1 through June 30.


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  Implementation of Redesign System for All NCATE Institutions
  Monday, June 14, 2010
 
 
Process and Timeline (for visits through spring 2012)
* Institution submits IR and electronic evidence (six to twelve months before visit, depending on semester of visit)
* BOE conducts offsite review of IR and evidence; team joined by state consultant(s) and state team chair if joint or concurrent visit; prepares an offsite feedback report (five to eleven months prior to site visit)

Process and Timeline (for visits through spring 2012)
* Institution submits an IR Addendum addressing concerns raised in the offsite feedback report (one to two months prior to site visit and before the pre-visit)
* BOE team chair conducts pre-visit by conference call (one to two months before site visit)
*BOE conducts onsite visit from Sunday through Tuesday; prepares draft BOE report; conducts exit interview

Beginning with Fall 2012 Visits
* IR and electronic exhibits due one year before visit
* Program reports for national review due 18-30 months before visit

Beginning with Fall 2015 Visits
* IR and electronic exhibits due one year before visit
* Program reports for national review due three years before visit


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  Schedule of upcoming events
  Monday, June 14, 2010
 
 
Division 017 revision workgroup
The workgroup will continue to review and revise the Oregon Administrative Rules (Division 017) related to program approval. The following dates have been scheduled for the on-going meetings. The location has not been set. It is anticipated the meetings will be scheduled from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
July 26, 2010
August 30, 2010
September 27, 2010
October 25, 2010
November 29, 2010

TITLE II Update and Training
(target audience are Dean, Directors and institution personnel responsible for inputting Title II data.)
This training is designed to provide training to institution personnel on Title II submission for April 2011. The morning session will be an overview of the Title II report and submission requirements. The afternoon session will focus on the data reporting requirements.
August 2, 2010
University of Phoenix, Salem Campus

Site Visit Training
(target audience are institutions preparing for visits and site team members).
This training is designed for institution personnel responsible for preparation for state and national accreditation visits. The event is also designed to train individuals as team members for both national and state accreditation visits in Oregon.
Location TBD
September 13, 2010

Assessment Systems and Tools
(target audience are institution personnel).
This event is designed to provide institutions with background in the development of assessment systems and instruments as part of an accreditation review process.
Location TBD
November 8, 2010


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  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  Friday, June 11, 2010
 
 
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has been recruiting Oregon educators to consider application for the NBPTS certification. This has resulted in an increased interest in the certification. Oregon has requested an additional $15,406 of federal subsidy to support this interest in national board certification. This brings the total Oregon allocation to $25,000. Candidates that apply to the NBPTS for certification can be eligible for a subsidy of $1,250 to help pay for the certification.

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  NCATE Assessment Library
  Wednesday, June 2, 2010
 
 
NCATE has made available a new feature for institutions, a library of assessments. The assessments are excellent examples of assessments used by institutions to meet program review requirements. The library can be found at: http://ncate.org/institutions/assessmentLibrary.asp?ch=90

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  Administrator Licenses Under Review
  Friday, May 21, 2010
 
 
The TSPC Commission is taking a look at the administrative license with the intent of defining what work requires an administrative license. We continue to find districts who are unsure of what positions require this license. In the past, the license has been viewed as one that allows staff evaluation. In examining the rules and practice, it is not that simple.

The positions that cause the most confusion include: Athletic Directors, Deans, Directors, Coordinators, and others. The Commission asked us to meet with COSA and to get input from the field on this license.

COSA will be convening a task force to provide input to the Commission on the issue of Administrator licensure, and may hold a session at the summer conference where administrators will have an opportunity to meet and share their opinions as well as give input to the discussion. We hope you will participate on this important topic.


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  Program Approval Process and Template
  Thursday, May 20, 2010
 
 
The commission has adopted a template for the program review process associated with site visits, major program modifications, and new endorsement programs.

The intent is to provide clear directions on the requirements for program review, addition and modification. It will also allow for electronic submission of materials for easier review by commissioners and site team members.

Program Approval Template
* Program description (Description of program including educator area, level (UG/G), degree awarded, modifications to approved program, etc.)
* Program Variant-Narrative identification of the “standard offering” as well as variations of the program. May be different location, week day, weekend, night variation.
* Transition Point Assessment -Two dimensional table (Program phases (horizontal) – i.e. admissions -Program assessments (vertical) – i.e. work sample
* Program alignment - Two dimensional table (Program standards (vertical) - Program courses, assessments, etc. (horizontal)
* Program field experience matrix - Two dimensional table (Program term (horizontal) -Program field experience (vertical) -Program field experience includes data related to number of weeks/hours, etc.
* Programs will provide summary of assessments and guides used for data collection.
* Programs will provide data which indicated need for change
* Programs will provide syllabi for courses.
* Vita for new or additional professors.
* Major modifications would need to crosswalk of coursework between old and new programs.


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  Join the Oregon/NES validation Standards Setting Development Team
  Wednesday, May 5, 2010
 
 
TSPC and the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are seeking exemplary educators to participate on State Validation and Standard Setting Pannels for NES teacher certification test fields. Please see attach flyer for details.

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  TSPC to Move to NES Testing Company
  Monday, May 3, 2010
 
 
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is working with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to implement new contemporary teacher certification tests that are part of the company’s NES® (National Evaluation Series™). The NES teacher certification tests provide states with comprehensive exams aligned to professionally accepted national learning standards, covering areas such as essential academic skills, professional knowledge, reading instruction and commonly taught elementary, middle and secondary grade-level subjects. Oregon is the first state to adopt Pearson’s NES tests, which will be required for Oregon teacher licensure or endorsement in selected areas effective Sept. 1, 2010.

Oregon will use the NES tests to replace many existing tests for licenses and endorsements, integrating the new NES tests with the existing customized Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) program. Additional details for candidates and teacher preparation program faculty will be made available throughout 2010 on the TSPC Web site and through other communications.

Beginning in Sept. 2010, candidates for Oregon teacher licensure will be able to take the NES tests at Pearson’s secure testing centers in the state and around the country. A series of free preparation guides for the NES test is now available at http://www.NEStest.com and will also be available at http://www.orela.nesinc.com/ beginning in June 2010, when test registration opens. The preparation guides, called NES Profiles, include the information a candidate needs about the test, such as the format, content areas and competencies covered, as well as sample test questions and answers.

Vickie Chamberlain, Executive Director of TSPC, is excited about the options educators will have working with NES testing. “Computer-based testing allows us to offer candidates the convenience of taking a test on-demand and receiving a score immediately after the test is completed so they know where they stand.” More information will follow to help educators know how this change will affect them.

Be sure to keep an eye on the TSPC website for updates.


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