VT Raising Standards for Primary Teachers

Reprinted from the Burlington Free Press

MONTPELIER — Vermont education officials are embarking on a process of rewriting and raising standards for elementary school teachers so they can stay on top of the rising expectations for students.

“The big push first and foremost is for alignment with the Common Core” state standards for what children are expected to learn at various grade levels, said Mary Beth McNulty, coordinator of professional standards at the state Agency of Education.

A group comprising teachers, principals, superintendents and representatives of teacher training programs met for two days recently to delve into the revision process.

Marta Cambra, director of educator quality at the Agency of Education, said the new materials would be incorporated into the continuing professional training all Vermont licensed teachers are required to get. “They’re lifelong learners,” she said.

Teachers are required to renew their licenses every seven years and complete 135 hours of professional training during each seven-year period, including 45 in their teaching specialty, Cambra said.

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