2011 Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should base licensure advancement on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
The District of Columbia's requirements for licensure advancement and renewal are not based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
To advance from a Regular I Teaching Credential to a Regular II Teaching Credential, teachers in the District are required to complete six semester hours of coursework or 90 clock hours of professional development "that contribute to performance and effectiveness as a teacher" and to have obtained permanent tenure (after serving a two-year probationary period).
The District does not include evidence of effectiveness as a factor in the renewal of a professional license. Teachers in the District must renew their licenses every four years by completing six semester hours of coursework at an accredited college or university or 90 clock hours of professional development.
Require evidence of effectiveness as a part of teacher licensing policy.
The District of Columbia should require evidence of teacher effectiveness to be a factor in determining whether teachers can renew their licenses or advance to a higher-level license.
Discontinue license requirements with no direct connection to classroom effectiveness.
While targeted requirements may potentially expand teacher knowledge and improve teacher practice, the District's general, nonspecific coursework requirements for license advancement and renewal merely call for teachers to complete a certain amount of seat time. These requirements do not correlate with teacher effectiveness.
The District of Columbia asserted that to advance from a Regular I to a Regular II license, an applicant must successfully complete a state-approved program and the Praxis II pedagogy exam.