Consistently High Performing Teacher FAQs

State law directed the State Board of Education to define a consistently high-performing teacher for the purpose of exempting such teachers from completing additional coursework required for renewal of the professional teaching license. As a result, certain educators with professional, as well as lead professional or senior professional teaching licenses may be exempt from these requirements.
 
Each local professional development committee will indicate whether or not an applicant meets the eligibility criteria for the consistently high-performing teacher designation as they review professional licensure renewal requests. 

Definition of Terms and Requirements

Licensure Renewal and Local Recording of Consistently High-Performing Teacher Status


Definition of Terms and Requirements

    Who is eligible to meet the definition?
    A consistently high-performing teacher is a teacher who has received the highest final summative rating for at least four of the past five years and has met at least one of the following additional criteria for at least three of the five years during the current licensure cycle: 
    • Holds a valid senior or lead professional educator license;
    • Holds a locally recognized teacher leadership role that enhances educational practices by providing professional learning experiences at the district, regional, state or higher education level;
    • Serves in a leadership role for a national or state professional academic education organization;
    • Serves on a state-level committee supporting education; or
    • Receives a state or national educational recognition or award.

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    What is the definition of a recognized leadership role at a district, regional, state or higher level?
    While local districts determine this, some possible examples of teacher leadership roles include those in which the teacher creates and/or delivers professional development for the district or educational service center, etc. Typically, this teacher operates in a systematic, dedicated manner that demonstrates involvement in what the district determines to be “true leadership.” This likely goes beyond typical teacher appointments like teacher-based teams, etc. The teacher in question makes significant contributions to enhancing educational practice through a teacher leadership role and the district recognizes the teacher as a leader across the school, district, region, state or in higher education.

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    ​Can an educator meet the second part of the consistently high-performing teacher definition requirement concerning activities during three out of the past five years by achieving different components for one year each? (For example, does a teacher who serves one year in a locally recognized role, serves one year in a leadership role for a national academic education association and receives a state education award in another year meet the criteria?)
    No, educators must maintain or earn at least one of the criteria for three years during the five-year licensure cycle.

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    ​Is a consistently high-performing teacher exempt from local district professional development requirements?
    No, the exemption applies only to the need to complete additional coursework for the purpose of licensure renewal. 

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    How do we define the “current licensure cycle” with regard to consistently high-performing teacher eligibility criteria?
    A current licensure cycle is the time between a non-expired license’s effective date and its expiration date. 

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Licensure Renewal and Local Recording of Consistently High-Performing Teacher Status

    What happens if a local professional development committee records “no” on the verification form for an individual who does not meet the consistently high-performing teacher definition?
    If an individual is designated as not a consistently high-performing teacher, he or she must complete licensure renewal requirements. These requirements for renewing his or her educator license include taking an additional six semester hours of coursework or the equivalent in continuing education credits. 

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    ​What happens during licensure renewal this year if a local professional development committee records “yes” on the verification form for an individual who meets the consistently high-performing teacher definition?
    If an individual is designated as a consistently high-performing teacher, he or she is not required to complete additional coursework or the equivalent continuing education credits to renew his or her educator license for the next licensure cycle.
     
    Example: A teacher meeting the consistently high-performing eligibility criteria who is due to renew his or her license this year will need six semester hours or the equivalent in continuing education. However, to renew the new five-year license effective July 1 of this year, the teacher will qualify for the consistently high-performing teacher exemptions and will not need six semester hours or the equivalent continuing education to renew the newly issued license.

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    How does a “carried-forward” accomplished rating in eTPES impact the eligibility criteria for the consistently high-performing teacher designation?
    Local professional development committees should count “carried forward” accomplished ratings as part of the evidence for meeting the consistently high-performing teacher criteria. Specifically, this part of the criteria requires the teacher to have the highest final summative rating on evaluations for four of the past five years. 

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    ​How can licensure e-signers support consistently high-performing teacher verification?
    Licensure e-signers may verify eligibility criteria using a Verification Form for Consistently High-Performing Teachers. Additionally, for teachers leaving the district, local professional development committee chairs should record consistently high-performing teacher status along with other information on the Verification form for Educators Leaving the LPDC.

     

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Last Modified: 6/21/2019 8:25:32 AM