EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD

(Amendment)

 

      16 KAR 6:010. Examination prerequisites for teacher certification.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 161.020, 161.028(1), 161.030(3), (4)

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 161.028(1)(a), 161.030(3), (4)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 161.028(1)(a) authorizes the Education Professional Standards Board to establish standards and requirements for obtaining and maintaining a teaching certificate. KRS 161.030(3) and (4) requires the Education Professional Standards Board to select the appropriate assessments required prior to teacher certification. This administrative regulation establishes the examination prerequisites for teacher certification.

 

      Section 1. A teacher applicant for certification shall successfully complete the applicable tests identified in this administrative regulation prior to Kentucky teacher certification.

 

      Section 2. The Education Professional Standards Board shall require the test or tests and passing scores identified in this section for each new teacher applicant and each teacher seeking an additional certificate. (1) An applicant for Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education certification (birth to primary) shall take one (1) of the following tests and achieve the corresponding passing score or higher:

      (a) "Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0023)" - 166; or

      (b) "Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (5023)" - 166.

      (2) An applicant for Elementary certification (grades P-5) shall take "Elementary Education: Multi-Subjects Test (5031)" with the following passing scores on the corresponding test sections:

      (a) Until August 31, 2015:

      1. "Reading and Language Arts (5032)" - 165;

      2.[(b)] "Mathematics (5033)" - 164;

      3.[(c)] "Social Studies (5034)" - 155; and

      4.[(d)] "Science (5035)" – 159; and

      (b) Beginning September 1, 2015:

      1. "Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts (5002)" - 157;

      2. "Elementary Education: Mathematics (5003)" - 157;

      3. "Elementary Education: Social Studies (5004)" - 155; and

      4. "Elementary Education: Science (5005)" - 159.

      (3) An applicant for certification at the middle school level (grades 5 through 9) shall take the content test or tests based on the applicant’s content area or areas with the corresponding passing scores as identified in this subsection:

      (a) Middle School English and Communications:[1. Until August 31, 2014:

      a. "Middle School English Language Arts (0049)" - 158; or

      b. "Middle School English Language Arts (5049)" - 158; or

      2. Beginning September 1, 2014,] "Middle School English Language Arts (5047)" - 164;

      (b) Middle School Mathematics:[1. Until August 31, 2014, "Middle School Mathematics (0069)" - 148; or

      2. Beginning September 1, 2014,] "Middle School Mathematics (5169)" - 165;

      (c) Middle School Science:

      1. Until August 31, 2015, "Middle School Science (0439)" - 144; or

      2. Beginning September 1, 2015, "Middle School Science (5440)” - 150; or

      (d) Middle School Social Studies:

      1. "Middle School Social Studies (0089)" - 149; or

      2. "Middle School Social Studies (5089)": - 149.

      (4) An applicant for certification at the secondary level (grades 8 through 12) shall take the content test or tests corresponding to the applicant's content area or areas with the passing scores identified in this subsection:

      (a) Biology:

      1. "Biology: Content Knowledge (0235)" - 146; or

      2. "Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)" - 146;

      (b) Chemistry:

      1. "Chemistry: Content Knowledge (0245)" - 147; or

      2. "Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)" - 147;

      (c) Earth Science:

      1. "Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (0571)" - 147; or

      2. "Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571)" - 147;

      (d) English:[1. Until August 31, 2014:

      a. "English Language, Literature and Composition: Content and Analysis (0044)" - 166; or

      b. "English Language, Literature and Composition: Content and Analysis (5044)" - 166; or

      2. Beginning September 1, 2014,] "English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039)" - 168;

      (e) Mathematics:[1. Until August 31, 2014:

      a.(i) "Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061)" - 125; or

      (ii) "Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5061)" - 125; and

      b. "Mathematics: Proofs, Models and Problems, Part 1 (0063)" - 141; or

      2. Beginning September 1, 2014,] "Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)" - 160;

      (f) 1. Physics: "Physics: Content Knowledge (0265)" - 133; or

      2. "Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)" - 133; or

      (g) Social Studies:

      1. "Social Studies: Content and Interpretation (0086)" - 153; or

      2. "Social Studies: Content and Interpretation (5086)" - 153.

      (5) An applicant for certification in all grades shall take the content test or tests corresponding to the applicant's area or areas of specialization identified in this subsection, and, if a passing score is established in this subsection, the applicant shall achieve the passing score or higher:

      (a) Art:

      1. "Art: Content and Analysis (0135)" - 161; or

      2. "Art: Content and Analysis (5135)" - 161;

      (b) Chinese: "Chinese (Mandarin): World Language (5665)" - 164;

      (c) French: "French: World Language (5174)" - 162;

      (d) German: "German: World Language (5183)" - 163;

      (e) Health: "Health Education (5551)” – 155;[(0550)" - 630;]

      (f) Health and Physical Education:

      1.a. Until August 31, 2015:

      (i) "Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (0856)" - 156; or

      (ii) "Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5856)” – 156; or

      b. Beginning September 1, 2015, "Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857)” – 160; and

      2.a."Physical Education: Content and Design (0095)" – 169; or

      b. "Physical Education: Content and Design (5095)" – 169;[Movement Forms - Analysis and Design (0092)" - 151;]

      (g) Integrated Music:

      1. "Music: Content and Analysis (0114)" - 162; or

      2. "Music: Content and Instruction (5114)" - 162;

      (h) Instrumental Music:

      1. "Music: Content and Analysis (0114)" - 162; or

      2. "Music: Content and Analysis (5114)" – 162;

      (i) Vocal Music:

      1. "Music: Content and Analysis (0114)" – 162; or

      2. "Music: Content and Analysis (5114)" – 162;

      (j) Latin:

      1. "Latin (0601)" - 166; or

      2. "Latin (5601)" – 166;

      (k) Physical Education:

      1. "Physical Education: Content and Design (0095)" - 169; or

      2. "Physical Education: Content and Design (5095)" - 169;

      (l) School Media Librarian:

      1. "Library Media Specialist (0311)" - 156; or

      2. "Library Media Specialist (5311)" - 156;

      (m) School Psychologist:

      1. Until September 1, 2015, "School Psychologist (0401)" - 161; or

      2. Beginning August 1, 2015, "School Psychologist (5402)" – 147; or

      (n) Spanish: "Spanish: World Language (5195)" - 168.

      (6) Except as provided in subsection (7) of this section, an applicant for certification for teacher of exceptional children in Communication Disorders, Learning and Behavior Disorders, Hearing Impaired, Hearing Impaired with Sign Proficiency, Visually Impaired, or Moderate and Severe Disabilities shall take the content test or tests based on the applicant's area or areas of specialization with the corresponding passing scores as identified in this subsection:

      (a) Communication Disorders:

      1.a. "Special Education: Core Content Knowledge and Applications (0354)" - 151; or

      b. "Special Education: Core Content Knowledge and Applications (5354)" - 151; and

      2.a. "Speech-Language Pathology (0330)" - 600; or

      b.(i) Until August 1, 2015, "Speech-Language Pathology (5330)" - 600; or

      (ii) Beginning September 1, 2015, "Speech-Language Pathology (5331)” – 162;

      (b) Hearing Impaired:

      1.a. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354)" - 151; or

      b. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)" - 151; and

      2.a. "Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (0272)" - 160; or

      b. "Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272)" – 160;

      (c) Hearing Impaired With Sign Proficiency:

      1.a. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354)" - 151; or

      b. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)" – 151;

      2.a. "Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (0272)" - 160; or

      b. "Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272)" -160; and

      3. One (1) of the following tests with a passing score of Intermediate Level:

      a. "Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI)"; or

       b. "Educational Sign Skills Evaluation (ESSE)";

      (d) Learning and Behavior Disorders:

      1. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (0543)" - 158; or

      2. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543)" - 158;

      (e) Moderate and Severe Disabilities:

      1. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications (0545)" - 158; or

      2. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications (5545)" - 158; or

      (f) Visually Impaired:

      1.a. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354)" - 151; or

      b. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)" - 151; and

      2.a. "Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (0282)" – 163; or

      b. "Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282)" – 163.

      (7) A holder of an exceptional child certificate in Learning and Behavior Disorders or Moderate and Severe Disabilities who is seeking additional certification for any exceptional children teaching certificate listed in subsection (6) of this section shall not be required to take:

      (a)["Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge (0353);"

      (b)] "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354);" or

      (b)[(c)] "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)".

      (8)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, an applicant for Career and Technical Education certification to teach in grades 5 - 12 shall take the content test or tests corresponding to the applicant's area or areas of specialization identified in this paragraph, and, if a passing score is established in this paragraph, the applicant shall achieve the passing score or higher:

      1. Agriculture:

      a. Until August 31, 2015, "Agriculture (0700)" - 520; or

      b. Beginning September 1, 2015, "Agriculture (5701)” – 147;

      2. Business and Marketing Education:

      a. "Business Education (0101)" - 154; or

      b. "Business Education (5101)" - 154;

      3. Family and Consumer Science:

      a. Until August 1, 2015:

      (i) "Family and Consumer Sciences (0121)" - 162; or

      (ii)[b.] "Family and Consumer Sciences (5121)" - 162; or

      b. Beginning September 1, 2015, "Family and Consumer Sciences (5122)" – 153; or

      4. Engineering and Technology Education:

      a. "Technology Education (0051)" – 159; or

      b. "Technology Education (5051)" -159.

      (b) An applicant for Industrial Education shall take the content test or tests corresponding to the applicant's area or areas of specialization with the passing scores identified in 16 KAR 6:020.

      (9) An applicant for a restricted base certificate in the following area or areas shall take the content test or tests based on the applicant’s area or areas of specialization with the corresponding passing scores as identified in this subsection:

      (a) English as a Second Language:

      1. "English to Speakers of Other Languages (0361)" - 157; or

      2. "English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361)" - 157;

      (b) Speech/Media Communications:

      1. "Speech Communication (0221)" - 146; or

      2. "Speech Communication (5221)" – 146; or

      (c) Theater:

      1. "Theatre (0641)" – 162; or

      2. "Theatre (5641)" - 162.

      (10) An applicant for an endorsement in the following content area or areas shall take the content test or tests based on the applicant’s area or areas of specialization with the passing scores identified in this subsection:

      (a) American Sign Language: "American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)" administered by the Gallaudet University - 3+;

      (b) English as a Second Language:

      1. "English to Speakers of Other Languages (0361)" - 157; or

      2. "English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361)" – 157;

      (c) Learning and Behavior Disorders, grades 8 - 12:

      1. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (0543)" - 158; or

      2. "Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543)" - 158;

      (d) Literacy Specialist:

      1. "Reading Specialist (0301)" - 164; or

      2. "Reading Specialist (5301)" - 164;

      (e) Gifted Education, grades primary - 12:

      1. Until August 31, 2015, "Gifted Education (0357)" - 152; or

      2. Beginning September 1, 2015, "Gifted Education (5358)” – 157; or

      (f) Reading Primary through Grade 12:

      1. "Teaching Reading (0204)" - 153; or

      2. "Teaching Reading (5204)" - 153.

 

      Section 3. In addition to the content area test or tests established in Section 2 of this administrative regulation, each new teacher shall take the pedagogy test and meet the passing score identified in this section that corresponds to the grade level of certification sought. If a certified teacher is seeking additional certification in any area, the applicant shall not be required to take an additional pedagogy test.

      (1) An applicant for Elementary certification (grades primary – 5) shall take one (1) of the following tests and achieve the corresponding passing score or higher:

      (a) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades kindergarten - 6 (0622)" - 160; or

      (b) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades kindergarten - 6 (5622)" - 160.

      (2) An applicant for certification at the middle school level (grades 5 through 9) shall take one (1) of the following tests and achieve the corresponding passing score or higher:

      (a) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5 - 9 (0623)" - 160; or

      (b) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5 - 9 (5623)" - 160.

      (3) An applicant for certification at the secondary level (grades 8 through 12) shall take one (1) of the following tests and achieve the corresponding passing score or higher:

      (a) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7 - 12 (0624)" - 160; or

      (b) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7 - 12 (5624)" - 160.

      (4) An applicant for certification in all grades with a content area identified in Section 2(5) of this administrative regulation shall take one (1) of the following tests and achieve the corresponding passing score or higher:

      (a) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades kindergarten - 6 (0622)" - 160;

      (b) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades kindergarten - 6 (5622)" - 160;

      (c) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5 - 9 (0623)" - 160;

      (d) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5 - 9 (5623)" - 160;

      (e) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7 - 12 (0624)" - 160; or

      (f) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7 - 12 (5624)" - 160.

      (5) An applicant applying only for certification for teacher of exceptional children shall not be required to take a separate pedagogy test established in this section. The content area test or tests established in Section 2 of this administrative regulation shall fulfill the pedagogy test requirement for a teacher of exceptional children.

      (6) An applicant for Career and Technical Education certification in grades 5 through 12 shall take one (1) of the following tests and receive the identified passing score:

      (a) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades kindergarten - 6 (0622)" - 160;

      (b) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades kindergarten - 6 (5622)" - 160;

      (c) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5 - 9 (0623)" - 160;

      (d) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5 - 9 (5623)" - 160;

      (e) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7 - 12 (0624)" - 160; or

      (f) "Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7 - 12 (5624)" - 160.

 

      Section 4. Assessment Recency. (1) A passing score on a test established at the time of administration shall be valid for the purpose of applying for certification for five (5) years from the test administration date.

      (2) A teacher who fails to complete application for certification to the Education Professional Standards Board within the applicable recency period of the test and with the passing score established at the time of administration shall retake the applicable test or tests and achieve the passing score or scores required for certification at the time of application.

      (3) The test administration date shall be established by the Educational Testing Service or other authorized test administrator.

 

      Section 5. (1) An applicant for initial certification shall take the assessments on a date established by:

      (a) The Educational Testing Service; or

      (b) The agency established by the Education Professional Standards Board as the authorized test administrator.

      (2) An applicant shall authorize test results to be forwarded by the Educational Testing Service, or other authorized test administrator, to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and to the teacher preparation institution where the applicant received the relevant training.

      (3)(a) Public announcement of testing dates and locations shall be issued sufficiently in advance of testing dates to permit advance registration.

      (b) An applicant shall seek information regarding the dates and location of the tests and make application for the appropriate examination prior to the deadline established and sufficiently in advance of anticipated employment to permit test results to be received by the Education Professional Standards Board and processed in the normal certification cycle.

 

      Section 6. An applicant shall pay the examination fee established by the Educational Testing Service or other authorized test administrator for each relevant test required to be taken.

 

      Section 7. An applicant who fails to achieve at least the minimum score on any of the applicable examinations may retake the test or tests during one (1) of the scheduled test administrations.

 

      Section 8. The Education Professional Standards Board shall collect data and conduct analyses of the scores and institutional reports provided by the Educational Testing Service or other authorized test administrator to determine the impact of these tests.

 

CASSANDRA WEBB, Chairperson

      APPROVED BY AGENCY: December 8, 2014

      FILED WITH LRC: December 12, 2014 at 4 p.m.

      PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the offices of the Education Professional Standards Board, 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Conference Room A, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Individuals interested in being heard at this hearing shall notify this agency in writing 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 canceled. 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 close of business on February 2, 2015. 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: Alicia A. Sneed, Director of Legal Services, Education Professional Standards Board, 100 Airport Road, Third Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, phone (502) 564-4606, fax (502) 564-7080.

 

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS AND TIERING STATEMENT

 

Contact Person: Alicia A. Sneed

      (1) Provide a brief summary of:

      (a) What this administrative regulation does: This administrative regulation establishes the written examination prerequisites and the corresponding passing scores for teacher certification.

      (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: This administrative regulation is necessary to provide notice to teacher candidates of the assessment requirements for obtaining and maintaining a teaching certificate.

      (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 161.020 requires a certificate of legal qualifications for any public school position for which a certificate is issued. KRS 161.028 requires the Education Professional Standards Board to establish standards and requirements for obtaining and maintaining a teaching certificate. KRS 161.030 places the responsibility of selecting the assessments and determining the minimum acceptable level of achievement on each assessment on the Education Professional Standards Board.

      (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This administrative regulation lists the required teacher certification assessments and their corresponding minimum acceptable scores.

      (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 replaces several discontinued tests with their regenerated counterparts. The newly regenerated tests include "Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts (5002)", "Elementary Education: Mathematics (5003)," "Elementary Education: Social Studies (5004)," "Elementary Education: Science (5005)," "Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857)," "Family and Consumer Sciences (5112)," "School Psychologist (5402)," "Middle School Science (5440);" "Gifted Education (5358)," "Agriculture (5701)," and "Speech Language Pathology (5331)." Applicants for certification will need to take these tests instead of the discontinued tests after September 1, 2015. Any other changes are to clarify the regulation in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A.

      (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: This amendment is necessary to ensure that the required assessments and corresponding scores are adequately set to produce the most competent educators.

      (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: The authorizing statues, KRS 161.020, 161.028, and 161.030, govern the certification of professional school personnel and grant the Education Professional Standards Board certification authority and the responsibility for establishing the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a certificate. This amendment establishes the required assessments and corresponding passing scores for Kentucky teacher certification.

      (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This amendment more closely aligns assessment options with teacher preparation program requirements and opportunities within an actual school setting.

      (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: 173 Kentucky school districts, thirty (30) educator preparation programs, and educators seeking new and additional teacher certification.

      (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 school districts will not be required to take any additional action. The educator preparation programs will need to continue to direct students to the Education Professional Standards Board website for current assessment requirements. Applicants will need to continue to refer to the Education Professional Standards board website for current assessment requirements.

      (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): There should not be any additional cost to the entities impacted by the regulation.

      (c) As a result of compliance, what benefits will accrue to the entities identified in question (3): The educator preparation programs and applicants will be positively affected by the clarifications to the regulation. The districts will be positively affected by a supply of teachers who are competent in their content area.

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

      (a) Initially: None

      (b) On a continuing basis: None

      (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: State General Fund

      (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: No increase in fees or funding will be necessary to implement this administrative regulation.

      (8) State whether or not this administrative regulation established any fees or directly or indirectly increased any fees: This administrative regulation does not establish any fees, or directly or indirectly increase fees.

      (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? No, tiering does not apply since all candidates for each certificate will be held to the same standard.

 

 

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? The Education Professional Standards Board, 173 school districts, eight (8) public universities with educator preparation programs.

      (2) Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 161.028, KRS 161.030

      (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 on expenditures or revenues.

      (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? This is not a revenue generating regulation.

      (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? This is not a revenue generating regulation.

      (c) How much will it cost to administer this program for the first year? There may be a minimal cost to the Education Professional Standards Board to update its website and ensure that applicants have notice to take the newly adopted tests.

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

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

      Revenues (+/-):      None

      Expenditures (+/-):      None

      Other Explanation:      This regulatory amendment establishes the qualifying tests for certification applicants. It does not have any fiscal impact.