2011 Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should base licensure advancement on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
Maine's requirements for licensure advancement and renewal are not based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
In Maine, to advance from a Provisional Certificate to a Professional Certificate, teachers are required to meet the academic and professional education requirements of the various endorsements and meet the state standards for professional growth leading to competency, which includes communication skills, subject-matter knowledge and classroom instruction. Teachers must also receive a recommendation from the support system that an initial professional certificate be issued.
Maine does not include effectiveness as a factor in the renewal of a professional license. Maine teachers must renew their professional licenses every five years by completing six credits of approved study taken during the lifetime of the previous authorization.
Rule Chapters for the Department of Education, 05-071-115 http://maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/05/chaps05.htm http://www.maine.gov/education/cert/index.html
Require evidence of effectiveness as a part of teacher licensing policy.
Maine 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 renewal requirements with no direct connection to classroom effectiveness.
While targeted requirements may potentially expand teacher knowledge and improve teacher practice, Maine's 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.
Maine was helpful in providing NCTQ with facts that enhanced this analysis. The state also cited Chapter 118 as relevant to this goal.