Notice of Proposed Rule Change: Chapter 13, Educator Testing

ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 54
POLICY CODE: GC

This letter describes changes being proposed by the Maine Department of Education to Maine Department of Education Regulation 13, “Qualifying Examinations for Teachers, Educational Specialists, and Administrators.” Below is the public notice describing the changes and information on how to participate in the rulemaking process.

The proposed changes in Chapter 13 include: new Praxis test codes; revised cut-off scores; and language to allow old tests no longer being administered to be used for up to five years after which time only the new tests will be accepted.

The proposed changes to Chapter 13 stem from the regular regeneration (revision) process employed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Each Praxis exam undergoes regeneration every five years.  ETS conducts a multi-state standard setting study designed to assemble two separate groups of current practitioners who work for two to three days to review the validity and reliability of the test being regenerated.  The end result is a recommended cut off score that is deemed appropriate for the just qualified candidate (JQC).  Several of the tests required by the Maine Department of Education were recently regenerated, so Chapter 13 must be updated to reflect these changes.

The State Board of Education’s Certification and Higher Education Committee recommended that the State Board of Education initiate rulemaking to allow the proposed amendments listed above to be made to Chapter 13 in accordance with the Maine Administrative Procedure Act (APA).  The State Board of Education initially voted to proceed with rulemaking on May 11, 2011 but subsequently re-started the process with a vote on August 17, 2011 related to updating the chapter.

The current rules and the proposed amendments are available online at:

http://www.maine.gov/education/sb/index.html

Hard copies may be obtained by contacting Mark A. Cyr, Certification Coordinator, at the Maine Department of Education at 207-624-6603 or by email at mark.cyr@maine.gov.

WRITTEN COMMENT DEADLINE: 5:00 PM, September 30, 2011.  Comments may be submitted to the Department of Education as follows:

Mail:
Mark A. Cyr
Department of Education
Certification Office
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Hand Deliver:
Mark A. Cyr
Department of Education
Cross Office Building, 5th Floor
111 Sewall Street
Augusta, ME  04330

NOTE: No Saturday or Sunday hand delivery; Cross State Office Building is closed.