Educators employed under a hardship waiver will be regarded as making continuous progress by understanding and working towards meeting the requirements for licensure in the field and at the grade level in which they are employed in order for additional waivers to be granted. Since these can vary by individual, it is critical for the educator to know:
- *their remaining licensure requirement(s),(i.e. MTEL, courses, and/or competency coverage)
- their continuous progress timeframe - the dates within which continuous progress can be made
When the applicant's only requirement remaining to be satisfied is an MTEL test or tests, their progress can be satisfied by showing effort on the required MTEL test(s) within twelve months since the previous waiver was approved. This will be allowed only once and the waiver will not be granted again.
In cases where the educator has requirements other than (or in addition to) MTEL test(s) remaining, the following point system will be used to quantify progress, and at least 6 applicable points must be earned within twelve months preceding the current waiver request. If a prior waiver was approved within the twelve months preceding the current waiver request, the educator has an alternate window of time option of demonstrating 6 points of progress within the twelve months since the last waiver was approved.
|Continuous ProgressPoint Value System|
|Requirement completed:||Points earned:|
|One semester credit of college coursework||1|
|Passing a full MTEL||2|
|Passing a subtest of an MTEL||1|
|SEI Endorsement Requirement Completed and Approved||2|
|Meeting a "coverage of..." competency through 10 Professional Development Points or 10 hours of mentored experience **|
(see Competency Review Guide and Form )
In addition to obtaining the required number of "points", districts need to confirm that the educator has received an evaluation rating of at least "needs improvement" or higher in the preceding school year.
Please note activities that were accepted toward a previous year waiver cannot be counted to document continuous progress towards the current-waiver request; (i.e., no "double dipping"). For example, an educator takes a course in the spring semester and completion of that course is towards the approval of the second year waiver. Should that spring semester fall within the acceptable window of time for a third year waiver, that course would not be able to be counted towards progress of both the second and third year waiver. Other acceptable activities that took place within the acceptable window of time, beyond the course, could be used towards continuous progress of a third waiver.
Educator A: Working under a first year waiver in moderate disabilities, since obtaining the waiver the individual completes the following:
- Passes the Foundations of Reading MTEL = 2 points
- Completes four competencies through a series of workshops (totaling no less than 40 PDPs) they are taking to satisfy the specific subject matter competencies specific to moderate disabilities = 4 points
- Received an evaluation rating of satisfactory
Assuming the district had provided all appropriate supporting documentation, this waiver could be granted based on earning the six points, and receiving an evaluation rating of satisfactory.
Educator B: Working under a first year waiver in instructional technology, since obtaining the waiver the individual completes the following:
- Two four credit courses at an approved college/university that satisfy their remaining requirements towards earning the instructional technology. = 8 points
- Received an evaluation rating of unsatisfactory
Although this educator has achieved eight points towards continuous progress, the evaluation rating was unsatisfactory and as a result, an additional waiver cannot be granted by the Department.
Educator C: Working under an additional year waiver in moderate disabilities, since obtaining the waiver the individual completes the following:
- Passed the mathematics subtest of the General Curriculum MTEL = 1 point
- Passed the reading portion of the Communication & Literacy Skills MTEL = 1 point
- Completed a three credit course in the federal and state laws related to special education = 3 points
- Completed one competency through mentored employment (totaling no less than 10 hours) = 1 point
- Received an evaluation rating of needs improvement
Assuming the district had provided all appropriate supporting documentation; this waiver could be granted based on passing two subtests, completing a three credit course, completing mentored employment, and receiving an evaluation rating of needs improvement.