Ncsp Parity Advocacy Sks IspaPresentation Transcript
The Obstacles and Opportunities in Advocating for NCSP Parity in Indiana Indiana Association of School Psychologists October 16, 2006, 1:30-3:00pm Indianapolis, IN Presenter: Stacy Kalamaros Skalski, PhD Director of Public Policy National Association of School Psychologists [email_address]
Agenda for this Session
Overview of NCSP Parity
Developing an advocacy strategy for NCSP Parity
Understanding the obstacles and opportunities for Indiana
Crafting Indiana’s advocacy message using existing data
Planning for the future
What is NCSP Parity?
Most states and many local school districts award stipends to teachers holding national board certification.
NCSP parity refers to the need for school psychologists holding national certification to be treated equally to other educational professionals holding national certification.
Indiana’s School Academic Plan
Public Law 221 established a grant system through the Indiana Department of Education to fund school improvement plans with the goal of improving student learning. The school improvement plan must include a professional development component and monies may be used for National Board Certification for teachers.
See Indiana Code 20-20-31-12
Comparing the NBPTS and the NCSP A comprehensive table comparing national certification across school professionals is available at http://nasponline.org/advocacy/certcomparison.pdf
General Goals of the NCSP
To ensure a consistent level of training and field experience among school psychologists who hold the designation
To promote uniform credentialing standards across state education agencies and other bodies who credential school psychologists
General Goals of the NCSP continued
To link national accreditation of training programs (NCATE-NASP Approval) to a national credential (NCSP
To promote Nationally Certified School Psychologists as those who have met national levels of training and who are committed to ongoing professional development and to following NASP ethics.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Proposition 1: Teachers are Committed to Students and Learning.
Proposition 2: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How to Teach Those Subjects to Students.
Proposition 3: Teachers are Responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning.
Proposition 4: Teachers Think Systematically about Their Practice and Learn from Experience.
Proposition 5: Teachers are Members of Learning Communities.
To qualify for national certification candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, a state teacher certification, and 3 years teaching experience.
To qualify for national certification NCSP candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate study in “School Psychology,” culminating in a MA, Ed.S., Ph.D. or other recognized post-baccalaureate degree.
Supervised internship and a culminating 1,200 clock-hour supervised internship.
All other applicants must provide documents of having met these pre-requisite standards.
Complete a portfolio which may include videotapes of classroom interactions or discussions, and collections of certain kinds of student work.
An analysis of the teaching reflected in the videotape or student work is also required.
The portfolio also documents teachers’ work outside the classroom with families, colleagues, and the community.
The second component involves a written assessment which is comprised of four, 90-minute sessions.
NASP Standards require that school psychology candidates demonstrate competency in 11 domains of professional practice as part of their formal training.
Candidates must complete a NCSP Case Study.
Complete a 1,200 clock-hour supervised internship of which 600 hours must be in a school setting.
Achieve a passing score (660) on the National School Psychology Examination, administered by the Educational Testing Service (Praxis II: NTE Test #10400)
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification is good for 10 years.
Renewal includes identifying areas for professional growth and demonstrating how growth has occurred. Demonstration of Professional Growth Experiences (PGE) may be accomplished with written responses to specific prompts, videotape demonstration, and/or submission of student work samples as evidence of direct impact on learning.
NCSPs must engage in activities designed to maintain, expand, and extend their professional training and skills
Specifically, each NCSP must be renewed every three years with 75 contact hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activities
The hours must be fulfilled through a variety of NASP, state affiliate, or equivalent programs.
What is commonly heard about how NBPTS and NCSP compare?
NCSP Challenges to Parity
3-year pre-requisite practice requirement
“Entry level” Licensure
Arguments for NCSP Parity with NBPTS
Graduate level training requirement.
Specific coursework training components
Supervised practice requirements are more extensive.
Highest level of certification currently available.
Ongoing professional development maintains high standards of practice
Significant benefits to states with NCSP parity
Focus on the Benefits to States
Salary stipends for NCSPs attract more highly qualified school psychologist applicants
Salary stipends demonstrate that the state or school district recognizes and acknowledges the importance of hiring school psychologists who meet nationally recognized standards for training and supervision.
Salary stipends promote higher levels of knowledge and competency as NCSP school psychologists must engage in ongoing and meaningful continuing professional development. (NOTE: NCSPs share burden with district for professional development by active pursuit of the 75 CPDs required for renewal.)
Where are you more likely to get board policies?
Districts with a current or future shortage of school psychologists
Districts where teachers and administrators are awarded a stipend for NBPTS
Districts where employment competition between school districts exists
Districts with a good relationship between school district bargaining entities (i.e. union) and school mental health professionals.
Where are you more likely to get board policies? continued
Districts where school psychologists are serving on district-level committees
Districts where the benefits of school psychologists are well known
Districts with a School Psychologist Coordinator/ Supervisor in Central Administration
Where are you more likely to get board policies? continued
Districts where school psychologists have specific data supporting the cost-benefit of their services within the mission of schools.
Districts interested in broadening the role of school psychologists from diagnostician to intervention/prevention specialist (Example: RTI)
Districts where employee contract language refers to all certified employees as “teachers.”
Top 10 Advocacy Tips for Achieving NCSP Parity
Convene a group of school psychologists interested in pursuing this issue.
Are you willing to commit to this process long term?
Begin your committee discussions by evaluating what your assets and obstacles are in getting NCSP parity passed.
What do we need?
(State Laws? School Board Policies? Both?)
Collect and Evaluate Data
What do you have and what do you need?
Know who your allies are and be willing to build and nurture other essential relationships.
Who will be the champions of your cause?
Determine where there is “fertile ground” for NCSP Parity.
Are there existing school districts that support this cause or should support this cause due to a shortage or narrowly defined professional practices?
Prepare materials that clearly and simply explain why NCSP parity is essential and important for schools.
What existing data, resources, and materials supports our cause?
Talk to leaders who have tackled NCSP parity successfully and unsuccessfully in their state or local communities.
What are the major “lessons learned” about how to manage achieving NCSP parity?
Build a “grassroots” movement of practitioners committed to getting the message out and talking to key decision makers on the local and
What infrastructure support (who, what, where, when) do you need to actively campaign for NCSP parity?
Teachers, students, and families need schools to recruit the best professionals and maintaining the highest standards for school psychological practice.
Can you show how NCSP parity promotes high quality services, the mission and purpose of schools, and the goals of NCLB?
Be resilient and patient in your quest. Alter your course as necessary with the expectation that you will
achieve your goal.
“ Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
NCSP Parity in State Law
NCSP Parity in INDIANA Data References: Charvat, J. (2005, March) NASP Study: How many school psychologists are there? Communiqué, 33, 12-14. Curtis, M., Lopez, A., Batsche, G., & Smith, J. (2006, March) School Psychology 2005: A National Perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Anaheim, CA Curtis, M., Lopez, A., Batsche, G., & Smith, J. Unpublished and unofficial results of the 2004-2005 NASP Membership Survey. Final results are expected soon! Stay tuned….
Skill Utilization of School Psychologists in Indiana
Special Education Assessment
Consultation with teachers and parents
Counseling / Direct Services
In-services and Workshops for school staff & parents
Research and Data Analysis
What we’re doing most of the time now: What we’re trained to do:
Recruitment Competition with Neighboring States
Indiana has narrowly defined school psychology practice to the assessment of special education students.
Broader role practiced in OH, IL, and KY
Ratios of School Psychologist to Student are better in OH and IL. All states are sill above the national average and the maximum recommended NASP ratios.
Graduates tend to stay in state to practice. More graduate training programs to meet the demand in OH and IL.
Salaries in OH and IL are more on par with national average.
What Would NCSP Parity Cost in Indiana?
Total number of NCSP’s in Indiana: 197
Percentage of School Psychologists working in public schools with NCSP: 50%
Typical Annual Stipend of $2000
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST:
First Year if only for Public School Employees:
Other Data Needed?
Vacancies (School District and State)
Number of unfilled positions
Number of positions filled by qualified and unqualified (temporary certification, contractual) personnel
Current attrition rates due to job or role dissatisfaction
Current attrition rates due to retirement
Future Shortage of School Psychologist
Average age of school psychologists
Capacity of IN training programs to meet the future demand for school practitioners
Lessons Learned from Other Sates
States need to build the capacity of school psychologists to become advocates (i.e. PPI)
An advocacy agenda (legislative or policy) for the state organization is essential
Strategies for accomplishing the advocacy agenda must be developed
Coalition building is fundamental
Information must be disseminated in a very timely fashion
Targeting key legislators/policy makers to enlist their support of legislation is critical
NCSP Questions and Resources
NASP Director of Professional Standards and Continuing Professional Development
National School Psychology Certification Board, Chair