BEFORE THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 10.57.410, 10.57.411, and 10.57.424 pertaining to educator licensure
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On June 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., the Board of Public Education will hold a public hearing in the Superintendent's Conference room at 1227 11th Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules.
2. The board will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Board of Public Education no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 19, 2019, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Pete Donovan, Executive Director, 46 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2B, P.O. Box 200601, Helena, Montana, 59620-0601; telephone (406) 444-0300; fax (406) 444-0847; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. The rules as proposed to be amended provide as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:
10.57.410 CLASS 2 STANDARD TEACHER'S LICENSE (1) through (4) remain the same.
(a) proof of a minimum passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment applicable to the requested endorsement as established by the Office of Public Instruction and approved by the Board of Public Education; or hold current certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in an area approved for endorsement in Montana, and apply for endorsement in the same area; and
(b) through (6) remain the same.
AUTH: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-2-121, 20-4-102, MCA
IMP: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-4-102, 20-4-103, 20-4-106, 20-4-108, MCA
10.57.411 CLASS 1 PROFESSIONAL TEACHER'S LICENSE (1) remains the same.
(2) To obtain a Class 1 professional teacher's license an applicant must submit verification of all
of the following:
(a) eligibility for the Class 2 standard teacher's license as set forth in ARM 10.57.410, including proof of a minimum passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment applicable to the requested endorsement
and ʺAn Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montanaʺ online course if the educator preparation program competed by the applicant is not in Montana; or hold current certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in an area approved for endorsement in Montana, and apply for endorsement in this same area;
(b) completion of "An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana";
(b) and (c) remain the same but are renumbered (c) and (d).
(3) and (4) remain the same.
AUTH: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-4-102, MCA
IMP: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec 9, 20-4-106, 20-4-108, MCA
10.57.424 CLASS 5 PROVISIONAL LICENSE (1) There are two types of Class 5 licenses:
(a) a Class 5 provisional license that is valid for three years; and
(b) a Class 5A provisional license that is valid for one year.
(1) and (2) remain the same but are renumbered (2) and (3).
(3) (4) An applicant for a Class 5 provisional license who has graduated from an educator preparation program outside of Montana must provide proof of:
(a) a minimum passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment applicable to the requested endorsement
and a current Montana address or job offer from an accredited or state-funded P-12 school in Montana; or hold current certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in an area approved for endorsement in Montana, and apply for endorsement in the same area; and
(b) have a current Montana address or job offer from an accredited or state-funded P-12 school in Montana.
(5) An applicant for a Class 5 provisional license must provide verified completion of the online course "An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana."
(4) remains the same but is renumbered (6).
(7) A Class 5A provisional license will be issued to those individuals seeking their initial Montana educator license who meet all licensure requirements except for successful completion of the Montana required Praxis test. This license is valid for one year and is non-renewable.
AUTH: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-4-102, MCA
IMP: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-4-106, 20-4-108, MCA
4. REASON: The Board of Public Education proposes to amend these rules for the following reasons:
New Class 5A: Montana licenses approximately 1500 new (first Montana license) educators each year. As a quality assurance measure, the Content Knowledge Praxis test is required for the requested endorsements. Successful completion of the specific Praxis test is required prior to licensure. While the value of this requirement speaks for itself, completion of the test(s) prior to licensing has proven to be problematic for many. This is due to the multiple demands and obligations on both personal and professional levels that are associated with relocating. Additionally, school districts have found themselves struggling with new hires that were anticipated to have completed their licensure process by the start of the school year. This occurs, on occasion, because the new employee has not yet completed their Praxis test(s).
Praxis Exemption: Providing for a waiver of the Praxis test recognizes that the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a highly respected K-12 certification program. Acceptance into NBPTS requires: a) a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, b) completion of three years of successful teaching in one or more early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary school, c) holding a valid state teaching license for each of the three years of verified teaching, d) if registering as a World Languages candidate, providing required certified ratings from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
The rigors of obtaining this certification require that teachers demonstrate standards- based evidence of the powerful impact they have on student learning. They must show an integral understanding of: their students; content knowledge; use of data and assessments; and teaching practice. Additionally, they must participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
5. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to: Pete Donovan, Executive Director, Board of Public Education, 46 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2B, P.O. Box 200601, Helena, Montana, 59620-0601; telephone (406) 444-0300; fax (406) 444-0847; or e-mail email@example.com, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., June 26, 2019.
6. Pete Donovan, Executive Director, has been designated to preside over and conduct this hearing.
7. The board maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e- mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request. Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 2 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the board.
8. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.
9. With regard to the requirements of 2-4-111, MCA, the board has determined that the amendment of the above-referenced rules will not significantly and directly impact small businesses.
/s/ Pete Donovan /s/ Darlene Schottle
Pete Donovan Darlene Schottle
Rule Reviewer Chair
Board of Public Education
Certified to the Secretary of State May 14, 2019.