EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CABINET

Education Professional Standards Board

(Amendment)

 

      16 KAR 5:020. Standards for admission to educator preparation.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 161.020, 161.028, 161.030,161.048[(7)]

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 161.028, 161.030

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 161.028(1)(b) requires that the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB)[to] promulgate administrative regulations setting standards for educator preparation programs[approval of an educator preparation institution that offers a preparation program corresponding to a particular certificate]. KRS 161.030(1) requires that the board[to] promulgate administrative regulations establishing requirements for issuance of a certificate authorized under KRS 161.010 to 161.126. This administrative regulation establishes the standards for admission to an educator preparation program that is required for certification.

 

      Section 1. Selection and Admission to Educator Preparation Programs. (1) Each[In addition to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 5:010, each] accredited provider of an approved program of educator preparation[educator preparation institution] shall develop minimum standards for admission to its[initial] certification educator preparation programs[,] including those[university-based alternative] programs established pursuant to KRS 161.048[(7)] in accordance with this section.

      (2) Admission to an approved undergraduate initial certification preparation program including those programs established pursuant to KRS 161.048(1), KRS 161.048(2), KRS 161.048(5), KRS 161.048(7), and KRS 161.048(8) shall require the following:

      (a) 1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or

      2. A grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed; and

      (b) Successful completion of the following pre-professional skills assessments of basic knowledge administered by the Educational Testing Service with the corresponding minimum score:

      1. "Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (5712)" – 156;[Until August 31, 2014:

      a.(i) "Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics (0730)" -174; or

      (ii) "Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics (5730)" - 174;

      b.(i) "Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading (0710)" - 176; or

      (ii) "Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading (5710)" – 176; and

      c.(i) "Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing (0720)" - 174; or

      (ii) "Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing (5720)" - 174.]

      2.[Beginning September 1, 2014:

      a."Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (5712)" - 156;

      b.]"Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Writing (5722)" - 162; and

      3.[c.] "Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Mathematics (5732)" - 150.

      (3) Admission to an approved[a] graduate level initial certification educator preparation program[, including an educator preparation program established pursuant to KRS 161.048(7), shall require the following]:

      (a) 1. A bachelor’s degree or advanced degree awarded by a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or

      2. A grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework; and

      (b) 1. Successful completion of the pre-professional skills assessments in subsection (2)(b) of this section; or

      2. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) administered by the Education Testing Service with the following corresponding scores on the corresponding sections:

      a. Verbal reasoning – 150[(i) Verbal Reasoning taken prior to August 1, 2011 - 450; or

(ii) Verbal Reasoning taken after August 1, 2011 – 150];

      b. Quantitative Reasoning - 143[(i) Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to August 1, 2011 - 490; or

(ii) Quantitative Reasoning taken after August 1, 2011 – 143]; and

      c. Analytical Writing - 4.0.

      (4) Each accredited provider of an approved program of educator preparation[accredited educator preparation institution] shall have a formal application procedure for admission that[to an initial teacher preparation program, which] shall include the following:

      (a) Documentation that the applicant demonstrates the following:

      1. Critical thinking;

      2. Communication;

      3. Creativity; and

      4. Collaboration;

      (b) Evidence that the applicant has reviewed the[:

      1. The] Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020[; and

      2. The character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the TC-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010]; and

      (c) A method to allow the applicant to demonstrate that the applicant understands professional dispositions expected of professional educators.

      (5) The educator preparation program[Undergraduate students] shall not enroll undergraduate students in any educator preparation program courses restricted to admitted candidates.

      (6) The educator preparation program shall maintain electronic records that document that all students[admitted after September 1, 2012,] meet the requirements established in subsection (2) of this section.

 

      Section 2. Selection and Admission to an Approved Educator Preparation Program for Occupation-Based Career and Technical Education. (1) Admission to an approved program of preparation for occupation-based career and technical education that results in certification pursuant to 16 KAR 2:020 shall require:

      (a) A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency exam.

      (b) Four (4) years of successful and appropriate occupational experience in the area to be taught:

      1. At least two (2) years of occupational experience completed within the last five (5) years. A maximum of one (1) year of the required work experience may be satisfied by completion of an approved program of preparation for the occupation to be taught; and

      2. The occupational experience confirmed by the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education;

      (c) The assessment provisions established in 16 KAR 6:020; and

      (d) An offer of employment from a state or local technology center, or a school district.

      (2) Each accredited provider of an approved program of educator preparation shall have a formal application procedure for admission that shall include the following:

      (a) Evidence that the applicant has reviewed the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020; and

      (b) A method to allow the applicant to demonstrate that the applicant understands professional dispositions expected of professional educators.

      (3) The educator preparation provider shall not enroll undergraduate students in any educator preparation program courses restricted to admitted candidates.

      (4) The educator preparation program shall maintain electronic records that document that all students meet the requirements established in subsection (2) of this section.

      (5) A provider of approved educator preparation programs shall provide notice to the EPSB which candidates it has admitted to an approved program of educator preparation within six (6) months of the candidate’s admission.

      (6) Failure of an approved educator preparation provider to provide EPSB with notice of each candidate it admitted to an approved program of preparation in accordance with this section may result in action against the provider’s accreditation status.

      Section 3. Assessment Recency. A passing score on an assessment established at the time of admission shall be valid for the purpose of applying for admission for five (5) years from the assessment administration date.

 

      Section 4. Annual Report. (1) Each educator preparation provider[unit] shall submit an electronic report annually to the EPSB[Education Professional Standards Board] that includes the following program data on each candidate admitted to educator preparation programs:

      (a) EPSB[Education Professional Standards Board] Person Identifier;

      (b) Student School Identification number;

      (c) Social Security number;

      (d) Full name;

      (e) Birth date;

      (f) Reported ethnicity;

      (g) Reported gender;

      (h) Email address;

      (i) Present home mailing address;

      (j) Permanent home mailing address;

      (k) Phone number;

      (l) Admission date;

      (m) Total number of credit hours prior to admission to the provider’s[institution's] educator preparation program;

      (n) Total number of credit hours in educator preparation courses completed prior to admission to the provider’s[institution’s] educator preparation program;

      (o) Grade point average at admission;

      (p) Current program enrollment status;

      (q) Program completion date;

      (r) Grade point average at program completion;

      (s) Academic major at program completion; and

      (t) Academic minor or minors at program completion, if applicable.

      (2) The report shall be submitted in the following manner:

      (a) The provider[institution] shall electronically submit all data identified in subsection (1) to the EPSB[Education Professional Standards Board]; and

      (b) By September 15 of each year, each institution shall provide written confirmation by electronic mail to the EPSB[Director of the Division of Educator Preparation] that all required information has been entered.

      (3) The preparation program shall exit any candidate who has not been enrolled in at least one (1) course required for program completion within the last twelve (12)[eighteen (18)] months.

      (4) Failure to submit the annual report in accordance with this section may result in action against the program’s accreditation status[pursuant to 16 KAR 5:010, Section 21].

 

DAVID WHALEY, Board Chair

      APPROVED BY AGENCY: April 12, 2017

      FILED WITH LRC: April 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.

      PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on May 22, 2017 at 9:00 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 is received by that date, the hearing may be cancelled. This hearing is open to the public. Any person who wishes to be heard will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed administrative regulation. A transcript of the public 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 May 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, phone (502) 564-4606, fax (502) 564-7080, email LisaK.Lang@ky.gov.

 

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 admission standards that all educator preparation providers are to use when admitting educator candidates into educator preparation programs.

      (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: This administrative regulation is necessary to ensure that the educator candidates admitted to educator preparation programs are of high quality and have the professional dispositions expected of professional educators.

      (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 161.028(1)(b) provides that the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for promulgating administrative regulations that set standards for educator preparation providers. KRS 161.030(1) requires that the board promulgate administrative regulations establishing requirements for issuance of a certificate authorized under KRS 161.010 to 161.126.

      (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This administrative regulation sets forth the minimum requirements for admission into an educator preparation program that will lead to certification. This regulation applies to all traditional educator preparation programs, alternate education preparation programs, and educator preparation programs for occupation-based career and technical education.

      (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 amendment adds the admission requirements for educator candidates enrolling educator preparation programs for occupation-based career and technical education. This amendment will also align this regulation with the changes made to KRS 161.048 during the 2017 regular legislative session.

      (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: This amendment is necessary to ensure the educator candidates admitted to educator preparation programs for occupation-based career and technical education are of high quality and have the professional dispositions expected of professional educators. The amendment is necessary to ensure that this regulation is not inconsistent with the admission requirements set forth in KRS 161.048.

      (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 161.028 requires that the EPSB set standards for educator preparation providers.

      (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statues: This amendment sets forth the admission requirements for both alternate educator preparation programs as well as educator preparation programs for occupation-based career and technical education.

      (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: This administrative regulation will have an impact on the EPSB as well as educator preparation providers of educator preparation programs of occupation-based career and technical education that have not previously complied with 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: The EPSB will have to update its Admission and Exit System to ensure that it is tracking all educator preparation programs for teachers of occupation-based career and technical education; educator preparation program providers that offer programs for occupation-based career and technical education will need to begin complying with this regulation.

      (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): Any cost would be deminimus.

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

      (a) Initially: No cost is anticipated.

      (b) On a continuing basis: No cost is anticipated.

      (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: Funds appropriated by the General Assembly to the Education Professional Standards Board would be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation.

      (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 an additional fee or funding increase.

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

      (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? No, tiering will not apply because all educator preparation providers are required to meet the same requirements.

 

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? This administrative regulation will impact the Education Professional Standards Board and educator preparation providers.

      2. Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 161.028(1)(b) provides that the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for promulgating administrative regulations that set standards for educator preparation providers. KRS 161.030(1) requires that the board promulgate administrative regulations establishing requirements for issuance of a certificate authorized under KRS 161.010 to 161.126.

      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. There should be no effect.

      (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 revenue will be generated.

      (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 revenue will be generated.

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

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

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

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