2011 Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should base licensure advancement on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
Idaho's requirements for teacher licensing are not based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
Idaho employs a single-tier certification, so new teachers apply for the appropriate certificate (generally either elementary or secondary), and then, rather than advancing to another level, they renew their licenses every five years.
As of January 1, 2011, completion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course or passage of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment is required for renewal of an Idaho professional education credential for anyone who holds a Standard Elementary or Standard Exceptional Child Certificate, regardless of their employment status at the time of renewal.
Teachers must renew their licenses every five years by completing at least six semester credit hours aligned to Idaho professional teaching standards.
Require evidence of effectiveness as a part of teacher licensing policy.
Idaho 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 licensure requirements with no direct connection to classroom effectiveness.
While some targeted requirements—such as Idaho's requirement for study of reading instruction— may potentially expand teacher knowledge and improve teacher practice, Idaho's other general, nonspecific coursework requirements for license renewal merely call for teachers to complete a certain amount of seat time. These requirements do not correlate with teacher effectiveness.
Idaho recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.