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Teacher Certification News :
NEW GRADE OF ‘C’ REQUIREMENT FOR ALL COURSEWORK REQUIRED IN TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
All professional education and content-area coursework that forms part of an application for certification, endorsement, or approval that is received on or after February 1, 2012, must have been passed with a grade no lower than “C” or equivalent in order to be counted towards fulfillment of the applicable requirements. As of July 1, 2010, any candidate in the UIS teacher education program planning to be certified after February 1, 2012 is required to retake any courses with a grade lower than a “C”.
ILLINOIS CERTIFICATION TESTING SYSTEM (ICTS) RETAKE POLICY
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has implemented a new policy regarding the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS).
Beginning January 12, 2010, no individual may attempt to pass the same ICTS test more than five times. Any previous test attempts for the same test made prior to January 12, 2010, do not count toward the five-time limit.
The five-time testing limit has linkage to Goal 2 of the State Board’s Strategic Plan:
To ensure that every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders, policies and processes have been implemented that support preparation programs with a focus on instruction and student learning. These standards-based programs will prepare educators with expertise in discipline-specific content areas and ensure that teachers and administrators demonstrate best practices to help all students learn.
To help achieve the goal of having highly prepared and effective educators in our schools, the Board has implemented this policy of a five-time limit on educator certification tests. The Board believes that Illinois examinees should prepare for the certification tests to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge of content and pedagogy. The Board also believes that if an examinee fails a certification test, the individual should seek remediation and spend time preparing and studying for the test before retaking it.
For more information regarding the test attempts policy and study guides for the tests, please visit the Web site at http://www.icts.nesinc.com.