Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should base licensure advancement on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
Pennsylvania's requirements for licensure advancement and renewal are not based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
To advance from an Instructional I certification to an Instructional II certification, teachers are required to complete a department-approved induction program, three years of teaching and 24 credit hours of collegiate study.
Pennsylvania does not include evidence of effectiveness as a factor in the renewal of a professional license. Once a teacher reaches Level II licensure, there appear to be no requirements for renewal.
Require evidence of effectiveness as a part of teacher licensing policy.
Pennsylvania 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. The state's current policy is further compromised by the issuance of lifetime Level II licenses, with no requirements for renewal. While most states fail to connect evidence of teacher effectiveness to licensure renewal, Pennsylvania is exceptional in not requiring any renewal at all.
Discontinue license requirements with no direct connection to classroom effectiveness.
While targeted requirements may potentially expand teacher knowledge and improve teacher practice, Pennsylvania's nonspecific coursework requirements for license advancement merely call for teachers to complete a certain amount of seat time. These requirements do not correlate with teacher effectiveness.
Pennsylvania recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that its policies in this area will also change in school year 2012-2013 when the new teacher evaluation system is fully implemented.