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The department works to issue licenses efficiently to Tennessee educators in compliance with Legislative Codes and State Board Rules and Regulations

Now processing applications received the week of:

December 8, 2014

To help us process applications efficiently, please wait at least 3 weeks after submitting your application before contacting our office with any concerns.

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News & Notes

BAL License Conversion

By August 31, 2015, any educator who holds a Beginning Administrator License (BAL) must convert or advance the license to an Instructional Leader License (ILL). Read more about BAL conversion.

Changes to Licensing Policy

Read more about policy changes.

End of Course Examination Changes for Core Math and Geometry

As Core Math and Geometry will no longer have end of course exams associated with them, they have been removed from the list of courses subject to TCA 49-6-6006. For more detail on this, please review this document.

Algebra I Employment Standards

Changes

Pursuant to TCA 49-6-6006 and State Board Policy, anyone listed as the teacher of record for a course above Algebra I or Core Math I must carry a secondary mathematics endorsement. Any teacher interested in teaching Algebra I or integrated Core Math I at any grade level who does not currently hold a secondary mathematics endorsement must meet the State Board approved employment standard. This chiefly affects middle school teachers who are teaching Algebra 1 or Core Math I and special education teachers who are serving as the teacher of record. At the Oct. 31, 2014 meeting, the State Board of Education approved on final reading two additional options for educators to meet the requirements for eligibility; these changes will take effect spring 2015.

In order to teach Algebra I or Core Math I without a secondary mathematics endorsement, educators must pass the Middle School Mathematics Praxis (test 5169) AND must meet one of the following:

  1. Attend a state-approved training.  Additional training options have been approved and more information is available here [link to http://www.tn.gov/education/licensing/index.shtml].  For questions about specific trainings, interested educators should contact the person listed. - OR -
  2. Take and pass a supplemental test approved by the department. The department is in the process of reviewing and approving supplemental tests. More information will be provided in March 2015.

In addition, the state board ruled that teachers with a level 5 TVAAS score in Algebra I (one-year, two-year, or three-year) in the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 school years do NOT need to take the training or pass the supplemental test. These educators must still pass the Middle School Mathematics Praxis (test 5169) to be eligible to teach Algebra I or Core Math I. The Tennessee Department of Education will send Directors of Schools a list of teachers whose TVAAS scores meet the employment standard in January 2015.

Look for more information to be communicated in the new year regarding changes to the employment standards.

Questions about the Employment Standard should be directed to David Williams, coordinator of mathematics content and resources, David.S.Williams@tn.gov.

State-Approved Trainings

The department has approved additional training options for teachers to meet the Algebra 1 Employment Standard.  Registration forms, training dates, and contact information is provided for each training option below. All questions related specific training options should be directed to the contact person listed with each training. 

If your district or organization is interested in applying to receive state approval to conduct trainings, download the criteria and application here.

Training Location

Date of Training & Registration Deadline

Registration Form

Contact Information

Middle Tennessee State University

Spring training begins January 30, 2014 (deadline to register is January 14, 2014)

MTSU Registration

Dr. Mary Martin

Lee University

-Spring training begins February 20, 2014 (deadline to register is January 20, 2014)

-Summer I training begins June 29, 2014 (deadline to register is May 29, 2014)

-Summer II training begins July 13, 2014 (deadline to register is June 13, 2014)

Lee University Registration

Dr. Lauren Jeneva Moseley

Williamson County

Summer training is June 1-5, 2014

Williamson County Registration

Carla Richards

 

Call for Applications to Offer the Algebra I Employment Standards Training 

Recognizing there have not been enough training offerings to meet the demand, the department is accepting applications for additional state-approved trainings. Applications can come from districts, institutions of higher education or outside organizations. Download the criteria and application here. 

We are no longer accepting applications for January training. However, additional application opportunities for training will be available in the spring. Those dates will be posted soon.

Additional Resources

Last Update: December 17, 2014