EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CABINET

Education Professional Standards Board

(Amendment)

 

      16 KAR 1:010. Standards for certified teachers[school personnel].

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 161.020, 161.028[(1)(a)], 161.030, 161.048(1)(d), 161.095, 161.120

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 161.020, 161.028(1)(a), 161.030

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 161.028[(1)(a)] requires the Education Professional Standards Board to establish standards for obtaining and maintaining certification[a teaching certificate]. This administrative regulation establishes the standards required for certified teachers[school personnel] to obtain or maintain certification.

 

      Section 1.[Kentucky] Teacher Standards for Educator Preparation and Certification prior to July 1, 2018. The standards established in this section shall be used in the evaluation and assessment of a teacher for initial or advanced certification and for the accreditation of educator[teacher] preparation programs until June 30, 2018.

      (1) Standard 1. The teacher demonstrates applied content knowledge. The teacher demonstrates a current and sufficient academic knowledge of certified content areas to develop student knowledge and performance in those areas.

      (2) Standard 2. The teacher designs and plans instruction. The teacher designs and plans instruction that develops student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

      (3) Standard 3. The teacher creates and maintains learning climate. The teacher creates a learning climate that supports the development of student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

      (4) Standard 4. The teacher implements and manages instruction. The teacher introduces, implements, and manages instruction that develops student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

      (5) Standard 5. The teacher assesses and communicates learning results. The teacher assesses learning and communicates results to students and others with respect to student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

      (6) Standard 6. The teacher demonstrates the implementation of technology. The teacher uses technology to support instruction; access and manipulate data; enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate and collaborate with colleagues, parents, and the community; and conduct research.

      (7) Standard 7. The teacher reflects on and evaluates teaching and learning. The teacher reflects on and evaluates specific teaching or learning situations or programs.

      (8) Standard 8. The teacher collaborates with colleagues, parents, and others. The teacher collaborates with colleagues, parents, and other agencies to design, implement, and support learning programs that develop student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

      (9) Standard 9. The teacher evaluates teaching and implements professional development. The teacher evaluates his or her overall performance with respect to modeling and teaching Kentucky’s learning goals, refines the skills and processes necessary, and implements a professional development plan.

      (10) Standard 10. The teacher provides leadership within the school, community, and profession. The teacher provides professional leadership within the school, community, and education profession to improve student learning and well-being.

      Section 2. Teacher Standards for Educator Preparation and Certification after June 30, 2018. The standards established in this section shall be used in the evaluation and assessment of a teacher for initial or advanced certification and for the accreditation of educator preparation programs after June 30, 2018.

      (1) Standard 1. Learner development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

      (2) Standard 2. Learning differences. The teacher uses the understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

      (3) Standard 3. Learning environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

      (4) Standard 4. Content knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline he or she teaches, and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

      (5) Standard 5. Application of content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

      (6) Standard 6. Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the educator’s and learner’s decision making.

      (7) Standard 7. Planning for instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

      (8) Standard 8. Instructional strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

      (9) Standard 9. Professional learning and ethical practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his or her practice, particularly the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

      (10) Standard 10. Leadership and collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

 

DAVID WHALEY, Board Chair

      APPROVED BY AGENCY: December 12, 2016

      FILED WITH LRC: December 13, 2016 at 3 p.m.

      PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on January 23, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at 100 Airport Road, Third Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Individuals interested in being heard at this hearing shall notify this agency in writing by five workdays prior to the hearing, of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing was received by that date, the hearing may be cancelled. This hearing will not be made unless a written request for a transcript is made. If you do not wish to be heard at the public hearing, you may submit written comments on the proposed administrative regulation. Written comments shall be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2017. Send written notification of intent to be heard at the public hearing or written comments on the proposed administrative regulation to the contact person.

      CONTACT PERSON: Lisa K. Lang, General Counsel, 100 Airport Road, Third Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, email LisaK.Lang@ky.gov, phone (502) 564-4606, fax (502) 564-7080.

 

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS AND TIERING STATEMENT

 

Contact Person:    Lisa K. Lang

      (1) Provide a brief summary of:

      (a) What this administrative regulation does: This administrative regulation establishes the teaching standards required for certified teachers to obtain or maintain certification.

      (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is statutorily required to establish teaching standards pursuant to KRS 161.028(1)(a). Teaching standards are the first step to help create a supportive state policy infrastructure that leads to improved student outcomes. Teaching standards ensure a coherent set of expectations for teachers from beginning through accomplished practice and the conditions necessary to support professional growth along the career continuum and provide an anchor for state policy by outlining the professional responsibilities, behaviors, and expectations of teachers.

The teaching standards identify what teachers across all content and grade levels should know and be able to do in today’s learning environment to ensure that every student attending Kentucky’s public schools has opportunities to learn at a high level and succeed as he or she makes the transition from high school to postsecondary education or the workplace. These standards ensure that today’s learners meet both the academic and global skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the world. Additionally, these teaching standards stress that teachers build literacy and thinking skills across the curriculum, as well as help learners address multiple perspectives in exploring ideas and solving problems. As a result, students can gain a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn to think critically, and apply their learning to real-world problems.

      (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 161.020 mandates that no person shall be eligible to hold the position of teacher unless he or she holds a certificate of legal qualifications for the position, issued by the EPSB. KRS 161.030 mandates that the certification of all teachers and other school personnel in public schools is vested in the EPSB.

The General Assembly vests the statutory authority and responsibility in the EPSB in KRS 161.028(1)(a) to establish the teaching standards necessary to ensure that institutions of higher education develop educator preparation programs that produce educators prepared to teach Kentucky students so that Kentucky’s students graduate and succeed as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education or the workplace.

Further, in keeping with the directives in Senate Bill 1 (2009) these revised standards will lead to highly effective teachers who will be able to help today’s students gain the academic and global skills, and knowledge necessary to navigate the world as required under KRS 158.6451.

      (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: The General Assembly outlines learning goals in KRS 158.6451 that will result in high levels of achievement for all students.

The General Assembly vests the statutory authority and responsibility in the EPSB in KRS 161.028(1)(a) to establish the teaching standards necessary to ensure that institutions of higher education develop educator preparation programs that produce teachers prepared to teach Kentucky students so that Kentucky’s students graduate ready to transition from high school to post-secondary education or the workplace.

      (2) If this is an amendment to an existing administrative regulation, provide a brief summary of:

      (a) How the amendment will change this existing administrative regulation: This proposed amendment sets forth teaching standards that reflect a vision of teaching where teachers engage students in developing 21st century knowledge and skills including deeper critical/creative thinking and collaborative problem solving, personalize learning to new levels, make teaching more transparent and encourages teachers to work collaboratively with colleagues to improve practice, and problem solve in a data-informed culture to improve student learning.

These teaching standards consist of ten individual standards organized into four priority areas: the learner and learning (standards 1–3); content (standards 4–5); instructional practice (standards 6–8); and professional responsibility (standards 9–10). While each standard emphasizes a discrete aspect of teaching, we recognize that teaching and learning are dynamic, integrated, and reciprocal processes. Thus, of necessity, the standards overlap and must be taken as a whole in order to convey a complete picture of teaching and learning.

Integrated across the standards is the teacher’s responsibility for the learning of all students, the expectation that they will advocate for each student’s needs, and the obligation to actively investigate and consider new ideas that would improve teaching and learning and promote the profession.

This proposed amendment will also align the teaching standards with the national accreditation requirements for the state educator preparation programs.

      (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: This amendment is necessary to ensure that the teaching standards in Kentucky reflect the present learning environment; this amendment is also necessary to ensure that institutions of higher education develop educator preparation programs that are based on teaching standards that will result, not only in educator preparation programs that can be meet national accreditation standards (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation or "CAEP"), but will ensure that institutions of higher education produce educators who are capable of helping Kentucky students become college and career ready.

      (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 161.020 mandates that no person shall be eligible to hold the position of teacher unless he or she holds a certificate of legal qualifications for the position, issued by the EPSB. KRS 161.030 mandates that the certification of all educators in public schools is vested in the EPSB.

The General Assembly vests the statutory authority and responsibility in the EPSB in KRS 161.028(1)(a) to establish the teaching standards necessary to ensure that institutions of higher education develop educator preparation programs that produce teachers prepared to teach Kentucky students so that Kentucky’s students graduate and succeed as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary or the workplace.

Further, in keeping with the directives in Senate Bill 1 (2009) these revised standards will lead to highly effective teachers who will be able to help today’s students gain the academic and global skills, and knowledge necessary to navigate the world as required under KRS 158.6451.

      (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: The first step in designing a coherent system of education is setting the expectations for student outcomes and for the behaviors of teachers and leaders within the system. These revised teaching standards articulate a vision of teaching very different from the vision most teacher education programs are organized around. This new vision engages learners in developing 21st century knowledge and skills including deeper critical/creative thinking and collaborative problem solving, personalize learning to new levels, make teaching more transparent and work collaboratively with colleagues to improve practice, develop deep skills around assessment and participate as a team member in a problem solving data-informed culture to improve student learning. By amending this regulation, the EPSB will modernize the teaching standards to reflect the changes in today’s learning environment while also directly tying those standards to the national accreditation requirements for the state educator preparation programs.

      (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: Prospective teachers, current teachers, leaders of Kentucky’s 173 public school districts, Kentucky’s institutions of higher education in Kentucky that offer educator preparation programs, institutions of higher education outside of Kentucky interested in offering an educator preparation program that can lead to Kentucky certification, and the Kentucky Department of Education will all be affected in some way by this regulation.

      (4) Provide an analysis of how the entities identified in question (3) will be impacted by either the implementation of this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment, including:

      (a) List the actions that each of the regulated entities identified in question (3) will have to take to comply with this administrative regulation or amendment: As a result of this amendment, prospective teachers will not have to do anything more once the regulation goes into effect.

Current teachers will not be required to do anything more than what they currently do once the regulation goes into effect.

Kentucky school districts will need to implement professional development opportunities to ensure that that the teachers and administrators they employ understand the revised teaching standards and they will need to make sure that their teachers and administrators are utilizing these revised standards to transform their practices, if necessary, to improve student outcomes.

Kentucky Department of Education will need to development guidance on how school districts and the employees in those districts can use the new teaching standards to update current practices to improve student outcomes and ensure every child reaches his\her learning potential and graduates from high school ready to successfully transition to postsecondary education or the workplace.

The revised standards will require institutions of higher education offering educator preparation programs to evaluate current state approved educator preparation programs to make sure that those programs reflect the revised teacher standards.

      (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): No cost is anticipated as a result of the amendment to this administrative regulation. The work associated with the implementation of this regulation falls within the normal scope of the regulated entity’s normal day to day responsibilities.

      (c) As a result of compliance, what benefits will accrue to the entities identified in question (3): The benefit of this amendment, in general, is that it will help the regulated entities meet their statutory duties to ensure that Kentucky students successfully transition to postsecondary education or the workplace.

The additional benefit for the institutions of higher education with education preparation programs is that this amendment will result in the alignment of state and national accreditation. The alignment of both standards will make the accreditation process easier for institutions of higher education. It should also help institutions of higher education in Kentucky to attract more students interested in the teaching profession to come to Kentucky.

      (5) Provide an estimate of how much it will cost to implement this administrative regulation:

      (a) Initially: No initial cost is associated with the implementation of this amendment.

      (b) On a continuing basis: No continuing cost is associated with the implementation of this amendment.

      (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: EPSB general funds will be used for EPSB work. To the extent there are costs associated with this work for the regulated entities, the regulated entity is responsible for their respective related costs.

      (7) Provide an assessment of whether an increase in fees or funding will be necessary to implement this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment: The EPSB does not anticipate the need to increase certification fees as a result of the implementation of this amendment.

      (8) State whether or not this administrative regulation establishes any fees or directly or indirectly increases any fees: This amendment does not establish any certification fees nor does it directly or indirectly increase any certification fees.

      (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? No. There is no additional cost associated with this regulation so tiering would not be applicable for this regulation.

 

FISCAL NOTE ON STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

      (1) What units, parts or divisions of state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) will be impacted by this administrative regulation? Prospective teachers, current teachers, leaders of Kentucky’s 173 public school districts, Kentucky’s institutions of higher education in Kentucky that offer educator preparation programs, institutions of higher education outside of Kentucky interested in offering an educator preparation program that can lead to Kentucky certification, and the Kentucky Department of Education would be impacted by this administrative regulation.

      (2) Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 158.6451, 161.020, 161.028(1)(a), 161.030, 161.048(1)(d), 161.095, 161.120

      (3) Estimate the effect of this administrative regulation on the expenditures and revenues of a state or local government agency (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first full year the administrative regulation is to be in effect. No impact on expenditures and revenues of a state or local government agency is anticipated.

      (a) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first year? No impact on revenues of a state or local government agency is anticipated.

      (b) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for subsequent years? No impact on revenues of a state or local government agency is anticipated.

      (c) How much will it cost to administer this program for the first year? No cost with the administration of this regulation is anticipated.

      (d) How much will it cost to administer this program for subsequent years? No cost with the administration of this regulation is anticipated.

      Note: If specific dollar estimates cannot be determined, provide a brief narrative to explain the fiscal impact of the administrative regulation.

      Revenues (+/-):No anticipated additional revenues

      Expenditures (+/-): No anticipated additional expenditures.

      Other Explanation: