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EPSB Update Memo
Jimmy Adams
Executive Director


December 2016

EPSB Mission
The Education Professional Standards Board, in full collaboration and cooperation with its education partners, promotes high levels of student achievement by establishing and enforcing rigorous professional standards for preparation, certification, and responsible and ethical behavior of all professional educators in Kentucky.

The EPSB Goals and Strategies may be found at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/boardinfo/mission.asp

The EPSB Strategic Plan may be found at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/boardinfo/index.asp

Happy Holidays
During this time of reflection and celebration, the staff at EPSB wishes everyone a joyful, blessed and restful season.

KTIP Spring Interns and Training
EPSB has available slots for spring interns in the KTIP program this year. All Confirmations of Employment (COE) for new teachers with 70 or more instructional days but fewer than 140 instructional days must be submitted and approved so new interns will begin KTIP in January 2017.

The COE beginning date of internship will be the first instructional day of the district’s Spring 2017 semester. Interns will receive a provisional internship certificate effective on the COE approval date; however, the internship will not begin until January 2017.

New hires with fewer than 70 instructional days remaining must be emergency certified.

Please secure trained resource teachers and verify that principals are current with KTIP training. Training dates are posted and can be viewed on the EPSB website at: http://www.kyepsb.net/epsb.webapps/ims/imstraining/IMSTrainingInfo.aspx

All new KTIP-qualified hires should be notified that they will be participating in spring KTIP. For questions, contact sherri.henley@ky.gov or sharon.salsman@ky.gov.

KTIP Timesheets
To ensure new teachers are provided the opportunity to complete KTIP during the first-year, budget bill language has once again allowed for reducing out-of-class hours to 40 mentoring hours for 2016-2017. Fall Resource Teacher timesheets are due by December 20, 2016.
The Resource Teacher, Intern, Principal, and District KTIP Coordinator must all review and electronically sign the timesheet in order for payment to be processed. Any timesheets not submitted with all signatures by January 15, 2017, will be changed to full year and payment will be made in the spring.

Assessment
Educational Testing Service (ETS) recently sent an email to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that included a list of candidates who have been reported as non-completers for five to seven years. IHEs were asked to review the list and let ETS know the names of any of the students who were not officially enrolled in their program between 9/1/2015 and 8/31/2016. As institutions complete that task, they should also update the EPSB system with accurate information.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
In December, the Division of Educator Preparation (DEP) is hosting two sessions to help institutions better prepare for accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The first will be December 8, 2016, and is for the non-NCATE accredited institutions. This session is designed to help them better understand and prepare for the CAEP accreditation process. On December 9, 2016, the second session will feature CAEP representatives who will discuss the CAEP standards, EPP evidence of the standards, and CAEP’s decision making processes. The audience for this session will be members of the Accreditation Audit Committee and the EPSB Board Members.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Effective December 1, 2016, Kentucky is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. As described on their website (http://nc-sara.org/), the “State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.”

The Education Professional Standards Board has the authority and responsibility to “set standards for, approve, and evaluate college, university, and school district programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel” for Kentucky pursuant to KRS 161.028(1)(b). The EPSB’s process for approving educator preparation programs is generally set forth in 16 KAR 5:010 with the general requirements for all educator preparation programs set forth in 16 KAR 5:020 and 16 KAR 5:040. Specific requirements for educator preparation programs located out-of-state and on-line are set forth in 16 KAR 4:030.

Prior to December 1, 2016, in order for an out-of-state education preparation provider (EPP) to operate in Kentucky, that EPP also had to comply with 13 KAR 1:020. Due to the passage of KRS 164.540, allowing Kentucky to become part of SARA, member state EPPs do not have to comply with 13 KAR 1:020. However, P-12 educator preparation programs and any clinical/practicum as part of those programs require the approval of EPSB, and thus are not covered under SARA (see SARA Policies and Standards Section 3.8. and Section 5.3.a. http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA_Policies_Standards.pdf). Accordingly, any SARA member state EPP desiring to operate in Kentucky must request permission from the EPSB, demonstrate how it will meet the state regulations listed above, and be approved by the EPSB.

Staff has already received inquiries from numerous SARA member state EPPs. However, at this time, none have submitted paperwork to be reviewed and presented to the EPSB for approval. Therefore, the only currently approved education preparation providers for residents of the state of Kentucky are: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Boyce College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Jefferson County Public Schools ACES Program, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Spalding University, Teach for America, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Pikeville, University of the Cumberlands, and Western Kentucky University.

We do anticipate receiving requests from SARA member state EPPs soon, and each of them will have to go through the approval process.

Superintendents and human resource directors may have staff that have been contacted by an out-of-state EPP stating that the EPP can offer programs to Kentucky residents. However, if the EPP is not listed above, then the program has not been approved by the EPSB.

Meetings Across the State

12/1/2016

KDE 

Accountability Steering Committee Meeting 

12/1/2016

KASA/CEL 

Maximizing Achievement Interactive Web Conference 

12/1/2016

KASA/CEL 

The Leadership Challenge Workshop Day 1 

12/2/2016

KASA/CEL 

The Leadership Challenge Workshop Day 2 

12/4-7/2016 

KASS 

Winter Conference 

12/6/2016

KCEWS 

Board Meeting 

12/7/2016

KBE 

Board Meeting 

12/7/2016

GRREC 

Board Meeting 

12/8-9/2016 

EPSB 

Accreditation and Audit Committee Training 

12/8/2016

SESC 

Board Meeting 

12/12/2016

EPSB 

Board Meeting 

12/14/2016

WKEC 

Board Meeting 

12/14/2016

OVEC 

Board Meeting 

12/14/2016

NKCES 

Board Meeting 

12/23/2016

 

All state government offices closed 

12/26/2016

 

All state government offices closed 

12/30/2016

 

All state government offices closed 

1/2/2017

 

All state government offices closed 

1/3-6/2017 

NASDTEC 

Ted Andrews Winter Symposium 

1/4/2017

GRREC 

Board Meeting 

1/6/2017

NASDTEC 

Executive Board Meeting 

1/9/2017

KASA/CEL 

Certified Evaluation Training - Day 1 

1/9-10/2017 

KDE 

Accountability Steering Committee 

1/10/2017

KASA/CEL 

Certified Evaluation Training - Day 2 

1/11/2017

NKCES 

Board Meeting 

1/12/2017

SESC 

Board Meeting 

1/16/2017

 

All state government offices closed 

1/18/2017

CKEC 

Board Meeting 

1/18-19/2017 

KEDC 

Board Meeting 

1/19/2017

KASA/CEL 

Motivating Today's Students 

1/25/2017

OVEC 

Board Meeting 

1/25/2017

KVEC 

Board Meeting 

1/25/2017

KASA/CEL 

Rural Safety: It CAN Happen to Us 

1/27/2017

KASA/CEL 

Employee Discipline in an Education Environment - Module 2 

1/30/2017

KASA/CEL 

Maximizing Achievement Onsite Training 

 

 

EPSB Members

    
    David Whaley, Acting Chair
    Tracy Adams
    Rob Akers
    Sarah Burnett 
    Rachel Colyer
    Sandy Curry
    Tolya Ellis
    Ashley Fishback
    Casey Gesenhues
    David Graham
    Donna Hedgepath
    Robert King
    Daniel Morgan
    William Owens
    Sherry Powers
    Stephen Pruitt
    Sandra Ramsey
    Thomas Salyer 


  

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The Education Professional Standards Board, in
full collaboration and cooperation with its
education partners,
promotes high levels of student achievement by establishing and enforcing rigorous professional standards for preparation, certification, and responsible and ethical behavior of all professional educators
in Kentucky.

 

 

 
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The next regular meeting of the EPSB will be:

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the EPSB is:

Monday, December 12, 2016
10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Conference Room A, 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky

EPSB meeting agendas may be found one week prior to the meeting at: http://www.epsb.ky.gov/boardinfo/meetingagendas.asp

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