*Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the group was calling for certification standards that did not require a bachelor’s degree. This was a misinterpretation. What the group is aiming to do is create a certification process that would operate separately from a bachelor’s degree program. Certified Michigan teachers would still be required to have a bachelor’s degree.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A group of 39 intermediate school districts from across the state is working on a new program that would allow prospective teachers to start the certification process separately from obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
The Talent Together partnership of intermediate school districts, which was founded in May, said that between 2008 and 2016, enrollment in Michigan teaching programs dropped 66%.
The group met virtually Tuesday to discuss its current initiatives and future goals.
The challenge of finding teachers is a constant worry for districts across the state, according to Superintendent Naomi Norman with the Washtenaw ISD.
“The educator shortage crisis in Michigan is among the worst in the country,” Norman said. “This Talent Together initiative is a response that has the opportunity to impact this pipeline on a statewide scale. Talent Together is committed to building a statewide program that is focused on quality.”
The group of superintendents is proposing a certification process that allows people to become teachers more quickly and more easily switch to teaching from other professions.
Talent Together said the need is especially high in areas like special education, early childhood development and elementary, along with science and math in middle schools and high schools.
“This program will produces hundreds of additional teachers in the next five years,” said Char-EM ISD Superintendent Scott Koziol.
Many schools also struggle to both recruit and retain teachers, according to Superintendent Eric Hoppstock with Berrien RESA.
“The amount of money that you spend to get educated is the same amount to become a teacher to becoming an engineer … but the pay on the back end is three to five times differential,” Hoppstock said.
The state has recently allocated $175 million to help address the teacher shortage.
Talent Together would like to become a certifying body, which would allow it to oversee standards and authorize program graduates to become teachers, according to Superintendent Kyle Mayer with the Ottawa Area ISD.
“We’re gonna have an intermediate school district hub in every county or region that works in close partnership with higher education and has the resources and expertise necessary to expedite the certification process,” Mayer said.
Talent Together has a goal of beginning the training program in the fall of 2023.
REET 2022: Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan (BSER/RBSE) has invited applications for candidates who have qualified in REET 2022 for collection of pass certificates.
In a notice released on reetbser2022.in, the board said REET 2022 certificates of successful candidates have been sent to distribution centres and they can check the list of these centres on the test website.
Such candidates will have to first login to the certificate collection link and download the application form. They need to bring a printed copy of this form to the distribution centre mentioned to collect their REET 2022 certificates.
REET 2022 certificate collection: Direct link to apply
For more details, read the notification.
Results of Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) 2022 was announced on September 29. The test was held on July 23 and 24, 2022 and answer keys were released on August 18, 2022.
The test was held for 2 levels. Level 1 was for primary teacher posts and level 2 was for secondary teachers posts.
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The SBEC oversees the preparation, certification and standards of conduct of teachers in Texas public schools. Muri was initially appointed to the board by Governor Greg Abbott in March of 2022.
Muri said he understands the importance of the role and is proud to serve the district and the state.
“I am honored to serve on the State Board for Educator Certification, and grateful to have been elected vice chairman,” said Muri. “This board influences and makes decisions on behalf of all educators across Texas, and those decisions ultimately affect the students we serve. I’m proud to represent ECISD in this role, and I think it validates the good work our team is doing in the way of human capital, elevating the teaching profession, and operating Odessa Pathway to Teaching, ECISD’s own educator preparation program.”
Muri’s other accolades include being named the Region 18 Superintendent of the Year in June of 2022 and serving as an advisory board member for the Broadband Development Office.
He has also received several invitations to testify before Texas governmental committees on education-based topics like teacher recruiting and retention, strategies to accelerate student learning and technology innovation.
Another familiar face on SBEC is Dr. Robert Brescia, a teacher at Permian High School.
We’re continuing our investigation into how Dr. Anthony Dixon can lead the Berkeley County School District as superintendent when he doesn't have a necessary certification.
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It's simply not on file with the state. But is this just a paperwork issue, or as one board member says, something illegal?
As we go along, we keep getting pointed in different directions.
"It has come to my attention that Dr. Anthony Dixon does not have a superintendent certification. They’re not just needed, they’re required by state law,” says BCSD board member David Barrow. "When teachers and other certified staff must be certified in the areas of their employment status, so why is Dr. Dixon an exception to this requirement?"
On Thursday, we received an update from the State Department of Education, which clarified exactly when Dr. Dixon applied for his superintendent certification.
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The first request was sent in May of 2018. The Department of Education sent the list of necessary documents to be filled out by SC State University.
However, DOE says SC State only provided Dixon's transcript.
A second request came on Nov. 14, 2022 – the day before Dixon was hired as BCSD superintendent.
Again, SC State only provided the Department of Education with his transcript, which they say isn't what's needed to certify.
"For superintendent for instance, we need the transcript, we need the college or university recommendation, we need documentation of leadership experience and test score if one is required,” says Mary Hipp, the director of the office of educator services with the State Department of Education. "It’s a matter then of once everything is on file, we will issue the credential."
This brings us back to David Barrow, who says this should have come up nearly two years ago when Dr. Dixon was a candidate for superintendent.
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"I’m wondering what happened in that vetting process, because the board had a search group. It was the South Carolina School Board’s Association that did the vetting and did the search. I’m not sure why they dropped the ball, but they certainly did,” he says.
We reached out to the South Carolina School Board’s Association to ask if they knew about Dr. Dixon's lack of certification during their search and vetting process in 2021. We are waiting to hear back.
We did hear from the school district yesterday. Their statement said:
“Dr. Dixon completed all requirements of the EDS-Educational Administration program and was awarded the Educational Specialist Degree in July 2013. He additionally completed all requirements of the EDD- Educational Administration program and was awarded his Doctor of Education Degree in May 2018. Dr. Dixon requested an update to his certificate to include Superintendent as a certification field, and representatives from the state department indicated to him that they are only awaiting receipt of a form to be completed by representatives from his program of study. Once that process is complete, his certification will accurately reflect Superintendent as a certification field.
Additionally, Dr. Dixon was vetted by the School Board Association when becoming a finalist for the superintendency in spring 2021.”
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A consortium of 39 Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) has formed an innovative partnership to address the teacher shortage crisis in Michigan.
Jack Elsey, founder of the Michigan Educator Workforce Initiative, shared the importance bolstering teaching as a career option.
The Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan (BSER) has invited applications from those who have qualified in the Rajasthan Eligibility test for Teachers (REET) 2022 for the collection of their pass certificates. The candidates will have to log in to the certificate collection link and then download the application form. Aspirants have to bring a printed copy of the REET application form to the distribution centre specified to collect their certificates. An official notification was also released regarding the same.
REET is a Teacher Eligibility Test conducted by the Board of Secondary Education of Rajasthan for assessing the candidature of Primary and Upper-Primary level Teachers eligible to teach in state schools.
What are the steps to download the REET certificate collection application form?
Step 1: Go to the official web portal of REET at reetbser2022.in
Step 2: Go to the link that reads, “REET 2022 के प्रमाण-पत्र प्राप्ति हेतु आवेदन पत्र.”
Step 3: Fill in the REET roll number and date of birth and submit it
Step 4: Fill in the application form and download the confirmation
Step 5: Print the REET confirmation for future use
The result of the Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers was announced on 29 September. The test was conducted on 23 and 24 July 2022 and answer keys were published on 18 August 2022. The test was conducted for two levels. Level 1 was for the position of primary teachers and level 2 was for the position of secondary teachers.
The Teachers commission has said it will prioritise recruitment of Junior Secondary teachers in the January mass recruitment.
The presidential working party on education reforms had in their preliminary report directed the recruitment of 30,000 new teachers for the Junior Secondary is expected to begin in January.
TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said they were already facing a deficit of 68,000 teachers in secondary schools across the country.
She spoke in Mombasa after supervising the opening of test papers for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education at the Nyali DCC office on Friday.
“We shall use some of the new 30,000 teachers for Junior Secondary and some for primary schools, the rest will go to the 8-4-4 students. These are the modalities we are working on so that in January we recruit these teachers,” Macharia said.
“We already have a deficit of 116,000 teachers in the country with the figure at secondary schools standing at 68,000."
The CEO said TSC has been employing 5,000 teachers annually adding that the recruitment of 30,000 teachers in January will go a long way to reduce the deficit.
In March, the government announced the training of 60,000 teachers on the new Competency Based Curriculum for Junior secondary.
Macharia said the trainings were halted for a while to allow for transition of government after the August election.
She however, said they will resume immediately with much attention on Grade 7 pupils.
“We had already began training teachers because initially Junior Secondary was to be domiciled in secondary school but we didn’t finish," the CEO said.
“Now that new government has settled in, we shall resume the trainings starting with Grade 7 teaches.”
Macharia said the trainings will be phased because the time required for the training is not enough.
She however said they are going to engage with all relevant education stakeholders, to provide teachers more time for training and be well equipped.
“They (teachers) don’t find new things. They are already teachers but they just need to be inducted a little bit into what is expected of them,” Macharia said.
Some 884,263 students are sitting this year’s KCSE exam.
Macharia said they deployed about 10,416 centre managers as well as 11,332 supervisors and 49,127 invigilators country wide.
“For the teachers involved, they have been veted and are now expected to administer and ensure credible examination,” she said.
Education Cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Monday said the country that the government is committed to deliver credible national examinations for Grade 6, Class 8 and all Form 4 candidates.
He spoke in Mombasa after officiating the opening of test materials at the Mvita DCC offices.
Machogu said the government has made all necessary preparations including training of invigilators, supervisors, centre managers and security personnel on what they are supposed to do.
“According to the preparations this year, we don’t expect to have even a single malpractice anywhere within the country. We expect a smooth examination period because we have made all the necessary preparations,” he said.
Some 3,416,048 students are sitting for their national examinations across the country this December.
About 1,287,597 Grade 6 students sat for their inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment, with 1,244,188 siting for their KCPE exam, which ended on Wednesday.
Those siting for the KCSE test are 884,263.
Machogu said there are 498 distribution centres in the country with more than 20,000 examination centres where students are taking their examinations.
“We have also provided adequate transportation to each centre. This includes areas which are not accessible like parts of Tana River and Northeastern where we are using choppers to deliver the examination materials,” Machogu said.
The long-term implications of our failing system are as yet unclear. But we’ve already seen some crew abandoning ship. Teachers leave in search of better pay and conditions or a more promising system to which they might dedicate their lives. NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell understands the need to “attract more high quality people into the profession”, with NSW public schools already facing 2500 full-time vacancies. The effects of this chronic shortage could be disastrous. Without expertise and experience in our schools, we risk forfeiting their status as breeding grounds of human capital and creativity. Not only is our ship sinking; it is losing the race against the best-performing nations in the developed world.
After years of stagnation, mutiny seems unlikely. Instead, I hope public forums such as this can be used to pressure NESA into hard-to-digest structural reforms. First and foremost, we need unanimous support for a redesign of the system. Four years into the $319 billion Gonski 2.0 national funding deal, it has become clear that without bipartisan political consensus, reforms will inevitably fail to address entrenched problems while resulting in privileges for some.
A starting point could be a restructuring of teacher remuneration. If we better compensated our high-performing teachers, we would incentivise commitment, experience and excellence in the classroom.
Pathways to university must also be revisited if the HSC is to be revived as a world-class high school qualification. Universities in the United States are transitioning away from standardised SAT tests as a signal of academic potential. Attempts to similarly de-emphasise performance in standardised testing in the NSW university admissions process have been woeful.
Rigorous student assessment should form the basis of any successful education system, but the rushed implementation of a regime for early entry to university has been alarming. In NSW alone, more than 25,000 early-entry offers have been made to circumvent the traditional Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) requirements for admissions. Due to their unregulated, decentralised nature, early-entry university offers were presented to students before HSC exams even began. In many cases, this led to a toxic loss of motivation when exams came around. To avoid this, offers should either wait until after the exams or they should be conditional on a student’s ultimate performance.
On a more micro level, let’s transition away from handwriting in examinations. It is astonishing that such an outdated skill forms the foundation of success in almost every subject. Rather, let’s equip our students with the ability to type quickly before they enter university or the workforce.
Decades of bailing water from the sinking ship have proven futile. For the sake of us, the students, this HSC ship is in dire need of repairs to its hull.
Ari Katz is a 2022 high school graduate from Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
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Kwara State Government has vowed to sanction any principal\xa0 who collects extra fees above the approved for external examinations from secondary school Students including the West Africa Examination Council and the National Examination Council.
The decision to again outlaw any form of extortion is part of the ongoing reform agenda of the government to Strengthen quality of education without imposing any hardship on the parents.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Mary Adeosun, made this known at a meeting with the principals of Senior Secondary Schools across the state during this year’s 2022 West African School Certificate Examination floating.
The permanent secretary, who was represented by the Director Curriculum and Assessment of the Ministry, Hajia Folashade Raji, at Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, said that no student should pay more than N20,150 for the May/June 2023 West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination.
A statement signed by Peter Amogbonjaye, Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Wednesday said that Adeosun gave the break down of the approved registration fees for WASSCE 2022/2023 thus: WAEC charges N18,000, e-registration charges, N1,050, administrative charges N1,100 and the total fees to be paid as N20,150.
She said the ministry would not tolerate extra charges from any principal apart from the one approved by the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
She also solicited the support of the principals for the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, who she said, is wholeheartedly committed to the welfare of teachers and the citizens.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, Mallam Bello\xa0 Abubakar, applauded Governor AbdulRazaq for moving the education sector forward in the state.
Bello explained that the present monitoring embarked upon\xa0 by the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development in conjunction with the Teaching Service and Chairman Kwara State Universal Education Board, is to Strengthen the sector.
In their contributions, the President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Comrade Usman Abdulahi and the Chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers, Kwara State Chapter, Comrade Bashir Oyewo, applauded Governor AbdulRazaq for putting the right people to run the affairs of the\xa0 education sector in the state.
They thanked the governor for revamping the education sector through the rehabilitation and construction of schools across the three senatorial districts of the state, recruitment of qualified teachers to all primary and secondary schools across the state, prompt payment of salaries and training and retraining of teachers.
Other achievements of the governor, according to the stakeholders, include the promotion of teachers and free hand to select outstanding teachers for awards which they claim had never happened\xa0 in the history of the state.
They promised to ensure improved productivity of teachers across the state.