Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should base licensure advancement on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
Wisconsin's requirements for licensure advancement and renewal are not based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
In Wisconsin, to advance from an Initial Educator license to a Professional Educator license, teachers are required to complete a professional development plan that includes activities and objectives related to professional development, district or performance goals; a timeline for achieving goals; evidence of peer collaboration; and an assessment plan specifying growth indicators. Acceptable documentation includes evidence of student performance measured by state assessments, mentor comments and lesson plans.
Wisconsin does not include evidence of effectiveness as a factor in the renewal of a professional license. Teachers must renew their licenses every five years by completing the professional growth requirement of six semester hours.
Wisconsin Administrative Rules PI 34.17(4) and PI 34.18 http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/tepdl/renewal.html
Require evidence of effectiveness as a part of teacher licensing policy.
Rather than accept documentation of student achievement as part of the teacher license renewal process, Wisconsin 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, Wisconsin'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.
Wisconsin recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.