Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

465 Commercial Street NE

Salem OR  97301

 

August 3-5, 2005

 

ITEM:

 

 

AMEND OAR 584-017-0150 SELECTED SUBJECT MATTER AND SPECIALTY ENDORSEMENTS REQUIRING MULTIPLE AUTHORIZATION LEVELS

 

ACTION:

 

DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEM

RECOMMENDATION:

 

The Executive Director recommends adoption of the following resolution:

 

RESOLVED, that the Commission approve the proposed amendments to OAR 584-017-0150 Selected Subject Matter and Specialty Endorsements Requiring Multiple Authorization Levels to become effective upon filing.

 

INFORMATION:

 

The amendments proposed to this rule were primarily to bring it in line with the parallel rule in Division 60 as discussed previously with preceding rule amendments. (Agenda Items 9.5 and 9.6.)

 

However, two great policy issues arise that should be discussed:

 

The way the redesign rules were set up, several specialty endorsements such as art, music, ESOL, PE and special education now require that candidates be prepared at two authorization levels.

 

During extended debate during 2002, these levels can be paired in any fashion:  early childhood/elementary; elementary/middle-level and middle-level/high school.  [Prior to that, only early childhood/elementary and middle-level/high school were mentioned in the rules.]

 

The position of the rule has always been that the multiple subjects test was not required for these specialty endorsements.  This raises some interesting issues:

 

  1. This means that special educators are not required to demonstrate subject-matter competency, the latest hot issue in the newly re-enacted IDEA.  Additionally, ESOL teachers are not required to demonstrate subject-matter competency.

Policy issue:  Should these licensure areas also require multiple subjects at the early childhood, elementary and middle levels?  What about high school?

 

  1. The question was raised:  If someone can take the language arts test and add the endorsement to teach language arts, then why shouldn’t someone be able to pass the multiple subjects test and teach multiple subjects?

Policy issue:  Should the grade authorization developmental preparation for these licensure areas suffice to add a new subject to the authorization level?