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Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Emergency Rule to Help with School Staffing

State Superintendent Evers has approved an emergency rule with changes to PI 34 to assist districts with some school staffing issues.  The rule is part of a larger effort engaging stakeholders from around Wisconsin to identify and propose solutions that help school districts address critical staff shortages. The work is being guided by the Professional Standards Council (PSC), the statutorily constructed group tasked with assisting and advising the state superintendent in improving teacher preparation, licensure, and regulation.

The rule provides for the following:
  • Wisconsin educators who are near retirement or have already retired may apply for one (five-year) license without having to meet professional development requirements (i.e., 6 credits or a PDP).  This license is not renewable.
  • The number of consecutive days a short-term substitute can be in the same assignment has been increased from 20 to 45 days.  This should allow schools enough time to either find a properly licensed educator for the position or apply for an emergency license or permit for an educator who does not hold a license acceptable for the assignment.
  • The renewal requirements for emergency licenses have been expanded to include attempting to pass required tests for licensure for educators who have met all other requirements.
  • The pathway for teachers to add additional licenses based on content tests has been expanded to allow:
    • Teachers who hold an Early Adolescence-Adolescence (grades 5-12) regular education license can add another regular education license at the same developmental/grade level by passing a content test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in grades 1 or 2 can add a regular education license at the Early Childhood level (birth to grade 3) by passing the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge test and the Foundations of Reading Test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in English/language arts or math in grades 7 or 8 can add a license in that subject at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence level by passing a content test.

The rule text can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/policy-budget/PI%2034%20Emergency%20Rule%20signed.pdf.

The PSC is developing a strategic plan aimed at attracting people to the profession; preparing them for work; and developing, supporting, and retaining them through their careers. Development of the plan began earlier this year by collecting information from school districts regarding existing shortages. That information is being reviewed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and used by the PSC as they develop the strategic plan. Currently the PSC is coordinating efforts to collect information for the strategic plan from educator preparation programs, professional organizations, and educators. Once final, the state superintendent will engage the education community in reviewing the strategic plan and soliciting recommendations for implementation to ensure the quality of Wisconsin’s teaching workforce.

A hearing on the rule is scheduled for 2:30-4:00pm on October 5, 2016, at the DPI's office in Madison.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two updated Praxis II content tests adopted

Updated Praxis II content tests were adopted for Elementary Education Content Knowledge (5018) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362).  The passing scores for the new tests are 157 for the Elementary test and 149 for the ESOL test. DPI will continue to accept passing scores on the old versions of the tests, but they will no longer be available from ETS after August 31, 2016.  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Changes to Emergency Licenses/Permits for 2016-2017



Date:               July 5, 2016

To:                   District Administrators
                        Principals
                        Human Resource Personnel

From:               Tammy G. Huth, Director
                        Teacher Education, Professional Development & Licensing

Subject:           Changes to Emergency Licenses/Permits for 2016-2017


With the reauthorization of ESEA, changes have occurred in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) related to highly qualified teachers. Under ESSA, the “core academic subjects” and highly qualified provision has been removed. Per federal regulations, the 2016-2017 year is a transition year for reporting highly qualified. While we have received relief for reporting most licensure areas, the department must continue to report special education teacher licensure.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a special education teacher in Wisconsin must hold an Initial Educator, Professional Educator, Master Educator or Life License in the appropriate special education licensure area. IDEA language also allows an individual with a bachelor’s degree going through a preparation route to licensure to be considered qualified if this individual:

·         Receives high quality professional development that is sustained, intensive and class-room focused to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction before and while teaching; and
·         Participates in a program of intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support for teachers or a teacher mentoring program; and
·         Assumes functions as a teacher only for a specified period of time not to exceed three school years; and
·         Demonstrates satisfactory progress toward full certification as prescribed by the State.

New Emergency License and Emergency Permit District Request Form
As a result of the ESSA and IDEA changes, we have made changes to our emergency license and emergency permit applications to collect the information needed for federal reporting. These changes have also allowed us to streamline this application.  The new PI-1624-EL form available at http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/forms/pdf/pod1624-el.pdf  replaces the PI-1602-EL-Page 2B. Use the new PI-1624-EL form to request an emergency license or emergency permit for any pupil services professional or teaching assignment. Please discard any PI-1602-EL-Page 2B forms, as this old form will no longer be accepted.


Educator Licensing Online (ELO) Ready to Go!
Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, emergency license and emergency permits will move from a two-part transaction in ELO to a one-part transaction. As such, applicants will need to have both their completed PI-1624-EL form and a bachelor’s degree transcript scanned and ready to upload in the ELO system. They must also be prepared to make payment to complete the transaction. We believe this will improve turnaround time in processing this type of application. On July 5, 2016, we went live in ELO with the updated application transaction.

Summary of changes to the Emergency License or Emergency Permit Request
  • PI 34.21 requires a district to state that a search was conducted to fill assignments with fully licensed candidates. Starting in the 2016-17 school year, districts will attest that this external search was conducted and that an acceptable, fully-licensed candidate was not available for hire. We have removed the narrative justification from the new form.
  • The district or school will identify on the PI-1624-EL form what action the applicant will take during the school year to obtain full licensure. The options available to teachers may vary depending on what teaching subject is sought or what preparation pathway they will pursue during the school year. District staff can learn about the Wisconsin pathways at: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways
  • Special education assignments will require districts/schools to attest that the teacher is qualified, based on the IDEA provisions. The new form requests this information.
  • When requesting renewal special education emergency licenses or emergency permits, the district/school will want to monitor the total number previously issued to be mindful of the IDEA provisions, which allows three years to become prepared.

Helpful Information:
  • To apply in ELO for a teaching emergency or special education permit, the applicant will select License Type T201 and Transaction Code 1215.
  • To apply in ELO for a pupil services emergency (school counselor, school nurse, school psychologist, or school social worker), the applicant will select License Type P201 and Transaction Code 1215.
  • To apply in ELO for a driver’s education emergency, the applicant will select License Type T221 and Transaction Code 1215.
  • Information about pathways to licensure can be found at: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways
  • Information about emergency license/emergency permits can be found at: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/emergency
  • Please contact our office at http://dpi.wi.gov/support/contact-educator-licensing  or at 800-266-1027, if you have further questions.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Changes to names of Special Education Licenses

Due to changes to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the names of some special education licenses have changed effective July 1, 2016:
  • Cognitive Disabilities changed to Intellectual Disabilities
  • Emotional Disturbance changed to Emotional Behavior Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities changed to Specific Learning Disabilities
These changes affect not only future licenses to be issued but also all existing licenses as well.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

License Processing Times Update - 6/23/2016

The Wisconsin DPI is currently processing applications paid on:
  • 5-year renewals/Upgrades/Reactivations/1-year Extensions: May 17
  • Initial instate: June 13
  • Out-of-state: April 19
  • Emergency: May 20
  • Substitute: May 18

ELO down July 1 midnight - 10am

Educator Licensing Online (ELO) will be down from midnight until 10am on July 1, 2016, in order to perform fiscal year-end maintenance on the system.  If your license expires June 30, 2016, please be sure to complete your renewal application before midnight.

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016-2017 Peer Review and Mentoring Grant application now available

The Teacher Education, Professional Development, and Licensing (TEPDL) Team at the DPI has released and posted the 2016-2017 Peer Review and Mentoring Grant (PRMG) request for proposals information and the accompanying application form on our website. This grant opportunity is a competitive grant of up to $25,000 to assist CESAs, Consortium of School Districts, or Consortium of CESAs and School Districts to provide mentoring and peer review programs for the 2016-2017 year. The activities may occur any time between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The nine school districts identified in the Wisconsin Equity Plan will be given priority points in this application process for utilizing the funds to ensure mentoring support for inexperienced or unqualified educators in their school district.

  • To be considered for this grant opportunity, complete applications must be received in our office by June 30, 2016.


We look forward to working with the key personnel from your district that may be submitting the PRMG proposal. If you have follow up questions about the PRMG opportunity, please feel free to reach out to: Jacob Hollnagel at 680-266-5195.