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2013 Certification Drive-in Conference Welcome to Georgia: Navigating the Approval Process and Supporting Georgia Educators. Dr. Hilda R. Tompkins Dr. Bobbi Ford November 12, 2013. Agenda. Who we are and what we do What’s on our website and where to find it Overview of PRS

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2013 Certification Drive-in Conference

Welcome to Georgia: Navigating the Approval Process and Supporting Georgia Educators

Dr. Hilda R. Tompkins

Dr. Bobbi Ford

November 12, 2013

  • Who we are and what we do
  • What’s on our website and where to find it
  • Overview of PRS
  • Overview of PAAR
  • GaPSC Updates:
      • Pre Service Certificate
      • edTPA
      • Certificate Upgrade

Q&A throughout


Professional Standards Commission


mission statement
Mission Statement

The mission of the GaPSC is to build the best prepared, most qualified, and most ethical education workforce in the nation.

gapsc divisions
GaPSC Divisions
  • Educator Certification/Preparation
  • Educator Ethics
  • Technology
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GaPSC Divisions

Educator Preparation

  • Program Approval
  • Educator Assessment
  • Teacher Quality
  • Non-traditional Preparation Programs
  • Recruitment
whom do we serve
Whom do we serve?
  • Professional Standards Commission
  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE)
  • Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA)
  • Local Education Agencies (LEA)
peer review system
Peer Review System

Board of Examiners’ Review

(peer review of professional education units and preparation programs)

Evaluation Review Panel

(peer approval recommendation to the Ed Prep Standing Committee)

Educator Preparation Standing Committee

(final approval recommendation)

Professional Standards Commission

(final approval decision)

georgia 2008 standards
Georgia 2008 Standards
  • Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions
  • Assessment System and Unit Evaluation
  • Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
  • Diversity
  • Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
  • Unit Governance and Resources
  • Special Georgia Requirements
  • Alignment with Program Content Standards
new caep standards
New CAEP Standards
  • Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  • Standard 4: Program Impact
  • Standard 5: Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement
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New CAEP Standards
  • CAEP Standards were formally adopted/adapted by GaPSC in Fall, 2013.
  • New Standards will become effective as follows:
    • For unit reviews conducted Fall 2015 and after
    • For program reviews conducted Fall 2015 and after
review types
Review Types

Developmental Review

Initial Performance Review

Continuing Review

Focused Review

Probationary Review

developmental review
Developmental Review

A review of either a new professional education unit and/or new preparation program(s) for an approved professional education unit

Standards are determined to be Met or Not Met

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Developmental Review

Decision Options:


Provisional Approval

Denial of Approval

initial performance review
Initial Performance Review
  • A review of either a developmentally approved professional education unit and/or preparation program(s) to determine if performance data indicate standards are being met
  • Standards are determined to be Met or Not Met
  • Typically occurs 3 years after the Developmental Review
continuing review
Continuing Review
  • A review of a previously approved professional education unit and/or preparation program(s)
  • Standards are determined to be Met or Not Met
  • Professional education unit Continuing Review typically occurs 7 years after the Developmental Review of previous Continuing Review
initial continuing review
Initial & Continuing Review

Decision Options:

  • Approval
  • Approval with Conditions
  • Approval with Probation
focused review
Focused Review
  • Addresses only unmet standards
  • Optional after Provisional Approval decision (Developmental Review)
  • Optional after Approval with Conditions decision (Initial Performance Review or Continuing Review)
probationary review
Probationary Review
  • Conducted after a GaPSC decision of Approval with Probation
  • One or more not met standards and has pervasive problems
  • Mirrors the Developmental Review process
  • An additional approval action is that approval may be revoked
heoa low performing
HEOA: Low-Performing
  • Applicable to all providers of programs leading to certification
  • Determinations made annually
  • Determinations based on more than three years’ of data for units with fewer than 10 candidates for three or more years
  • Includes only GACE Content Assessment pass rates from GACE Annual Summary Report
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HEOA: Low-Performing
  • Defined as meeting all of the following conditions:
  • Three years of unit level aggregated GACE Content Assessment pass rates are not at or above 80%;
  • PAAR and/or Title II reports were not submitted, verified, and finalized by the published PSC deadlines for one or more of the previous three years; and
  • A significant discrepancy exists between the number of program completers and the number of completers who attempt and do not pass the GACE Content Assessment in their field of preparation.
heoa at risk status
HEOA: At Risk Status

At Risk of Low Performing Status is defined as meeting one or more of the criteria described in items a, b, and c in the previous slide in one reporting year.

working collaboratively
Working Collaboratively
  • First Point of Contact
  • Identified Contact Person
  • Messenger
  • Facilitator
  • Trainer
role of the education specialist
Role of the Education Specialist

What is our role with an approval review?

  • Primary resource for the EPP
  • Coordinates BOE Team
  • Program Reporting System (PRS) and PAAR
  • Conduct technical visits with EPPs
  • Preserve adherence to GaPSC Protocol
  • Answer questions regarding GAPSC policy and procedures
  • Maintain BOE focus on GA 2008 Standards
  • Troubleshoots



program reporting system prs and preparation approval annual report paar
Program Reporting System (PRS) and Preparation Approval Annual Report (PAAR)

PRS and PAAR are accessed through the GaPSC’s secure web portal . Every "author" who will be contributing report materials or operating the program must have a unique login ID. To obtain one or more login IDs, request them from your GaPSC Education Specialist by sending a list containing the following information for each individual:

  • First and last name
  • E-mail address
  • User privilege level (read-only or edit)
program reporting system prs
Program Reporting System (PRS)

The Program Reporting System (PRS) collects information describing educator preparation programs for which you are requesting approval and submits that information to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

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Program Reporting System (PRS)

PRS stores contextual information about each type of preparation program as well as performance data that define how well the program meets the GaPSC Georgia 2008 standards for educator preparation. The information provided will be used for the approval review process.


preparation approval annual report paar
Preparation Approval Annual Report (PAAR)

The Preparation Approval Annual Report (PAAR) collects information describing the Educator Preparation Provider and educator preparation programs, and submits that information to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

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Preparation Approval Annual Report (PAAR)

PAAR collects and stores descriptive information about the Educator Preparation Provider and also about each preparation program. The information provided will be aggregated over multiple collection years and will contribute to the base of knowledge supporting the approval review process.

tiered certification pre service certificate
Tiered Certification – Pre-Service Certificate

Four tiered certification system:


Induction (first three years of teaching practice)


Advanced Professional and Lead Professional

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Tiered Certification – Pre-Service Certificate

The Pre-Service certificate is part of Georgia’s tiered teacher certification system and provides a statewide structure to organize procedures related to pre-service teachers once admitted to preparation programs. Such procedures are designed to:

  • (a)Assure the safety of school children;
  • (b) Provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to practice/demonstrate knowledge and skills;
  • (c) Standardize the criminal background check process across the state for pre-service teachers eliminating those who are not eligible or suited to the profession;
  • (d) Assist pre-service educators in understanding the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators and holding them accountable under the Code; and
  • (e) Require attainment of the Pre-Service certificate for anyone participating in field experiences and student teaching in Georgia schools (to include candidates in Georgia and from out-of-state programs).
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Tiered Certification – Pre-Service Certificate


  • (a) Have the program provider request the Pre-Service certificate for candidates enrolled in Georgia EPPs (Education Program Provider), or enrolled in out-of-state EPPs, if participating in field and clinical experiences in Georgia schools by following the established procedures;
  • (b) Be admitted to an education program leading to Induction certification;
  • (c) Have a successful federal background check/fingerprinting  ; and
  • (d) Have a passing score on a GaPSC standards-based assessment of knowledge of the GA Code of Ethics for Educators.
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Tiered Certification – Pre-Service Certificate

The Pre-Service certificate is valid for five years, with the following exceptions:

  •   Expires upon program completion and recommendation;
  • Invalidated if a student drops out or is removed from a program; and
  • May be extended upon the request of the EPP.

The Pre-Service certificate is non-transferable; it cannot be transferred from one provider to another.


The edTPA is a subject-specific performance assessment administered during a candidate’s student teaching.

It has been designed to be predictive of effective teaching and student learning and requires the candidate to integrate the three critical teaching tasks of planning, instruction, and assessment to impact student learning.

The assessment, developed by Stanford University, has been field tested in over 25 states, including 8 IHEs in Georgia. This spring a large number of our private and public IHEs are piloting it with some of their programs.

  • Increase number of effective teachers
  • Educative to inform program improvement
  • Critical component in programs
  • Collaboration: IHE/LEA
  • Informing induction programs
  • Program Accountability


projected timeline
Projected Timeline
  • Spring 2013-Fall 2013 Finalize policy incorporating edTPA
  • 2012-13 Introductory/Exploratory year for providers
  • 2013-14 Exploratory/Scaling Up year for providers
  • 2014-15 Partial Implementation (each provider implements edTPA with a subset/all of programs, but not consequential yet)
  • 2015-16 Full Implementation (each provider implements edTPA for all programs, consequential)


Certification Upgrade

Rule 505-2-.41

Certification Upgrade Advisor

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