Certification

What should I do if I have only partially completed LaTAAP? The following guidelines should be followed when determining the course of action for those teachers who may not have completed the LaTAAP by May 2010. New Teachers who have completed 3 semesters of LaTAAP by May 2010 Teachers who completed 3 semesters of LaTAAP by May 2010 and appear in the LEADS database/ LaTAAP database (please call the certification office at 1-877-453-2721 to verify if your name appears in this database) as having completed 3 semesters of LaTAAP by May 2010, will be able to apply for the level 2 certificate through their employing district, as long as they have also taught for 3 years in their area of certification. (The 4th semester of LaTAAP is being waived for those who completed the first 3 semesters of LaTAAP by May 2010.) New Teachers who have not completed 3 semesters of LaTAAP by May 2010 Teachers who have not completed 3 semesters of LaTAAP by May 2010, cannot apply for the level 2 certificate until they have taught in their area of certification for 3 years and have 3 years of satisfactory local evaluations/observations required in Act 54. The 09-10 year would be year 1 under the new local evaluation system. The Department of Education, Division of Certification, Preparation and Recruitment, can extend level 1 certificates, if needed, to give teachers an additional 2 years to teach in their area of certification and obtain 2 more years of successful local evaluations (10-11 and 11-12). New Teachers who have completed LaTAAP and have been teaching on a Practitioner’s License (PL) If a teacher has taught on a PL for 3 years in his/her area of certification and completed 3 semesters of LaTAAP and is in the LEADS or LaTAAP database as a completer as of May 2010, the employing district can apply for his/her level 2 certificate. Out-of-State Teachers Out of State (OS) teachers who did not complete LaTAAP or become approved for exclusion from LaTAAP by May 2010, fall under the new local evaluation system and Act 54 guidelines. OS teachers must teach for 3 years on their OS certificate in their area of certification and have 3 satisfactory local evaluations as required by Act 54. At that point, the district can apply for the higher level certificate for which the teachers are qualified (either the level 2 or 3 certificate). OS teachers can still be excluded from Praxis exams required in Louisiana if they taught successfully for 3 years out of state prior to coming to LA and this experience can be verified by their LA employing district.