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3-TLS Overview

High quality education in New Mexico depends on attracting and keeping excellent teachers. The 3-Tiered Licensure System, established by the State, ensures teacher quality through accountability and support. This system encourages good teachers to keep teaching in New Mexico. The system links teachers' licensure levels and salaries to the work teachers accomplish in the classroom, and it encourages and supports ongoing professional development in the nine teaching competency areas established by the State of New Mexico.

At first, the system may seem somewhat daunting, but it's really quite simple. The three tiers of licensure are designed to encourage your professional growth, but you can set your own pace. You may want to advance to the highest level as quickly as possible, or you may choose a slower pace. If you're a new teacher, the system provides excellent opportunities for you to gain confidence and experience. The 3-tiered system went into effect July 1, 2004. Progress through the system guarantees minimum salary levels for teachers at different licensure levels.

  The 3-Tiered Licensure System

“The 3-Tiered Licensure System is a progressive career system in which teachers are required to demonstrate increased competencies and undertake increased duties as they progress through the licensure levels.” 
                        –  22-10A-4 NMSA 1978 New Mexico’s Public School Code

The 3-Tiered Licensure System was signed into law by Governor Bill Richardson in April 2003. Beginning July 1, 2004, in order to advance to the next licensure level, either from Level I to Level II, or Level II to Level III-A, you will need to demonstrate how you meet increased competencies for the next licensure level by submitting a Professional Development Dossier (PDD), electronically, to the Public Education Department (PED). Templates and supporting documents will guide educators through the process.

TO ENTER THE PROFESSION:

To teach in a core academic area (fine arts, language arts, mathematics, modern and classical languages, reading, science, social studies), you must hold a Baccalaureate Degree, pass all required licensure tests, and earn full state licensure (no waivers permitted).

To teach in a non-core area, you must hold a Baccalaureate Degree and pass all required licensure tests (waivers may be permitted).

To teach in a career and technical area, you must hold a Baccalaureate Degree or have relevant work experience, tests are not required (waivers may be permitted).

Once you enter the profession you will be issued a Level I Provisional Teacher License, a 5-year non-renewable license. A provisional license is not a substandard license, it just means that you are new to the teaching profession. It is a time of significant learning and adjusting to your new role and duties. During the period of your Level I license you will be assessed annually. As a year one teacher, you are provided mentorship services to help you become a successful teacher. It is the time to determine if teaching is the profession for you. In order to continue in the teaching profession in New Mexico public schools, at the end of your Level I license, you must be able to move to Level II. Internship licenses are not Level I licenses; they are pre-Level I.

  
LEVEL I:

As a Level I Provisional Teacher, you must develop a Professional Development Plan (PDP) with your principal at the beginning of each school year. Your PDP must be based upon New Mexico’s nine teacher competencies and differentiated indicators for Level I Licensure, although it may also include other factors that are determined locally. At the end of each school year, your principal will evaluate your performance based upon your PDP and the nine teacher competencies for Level I.

In addition, in order to be in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act, Level I Provisional Teachers who teach in core academic areas must be “highly qualified”  for their teaching assignment(s) each year.

Salary: As a Level I Provisional Teacher, you will earn a minimum of $30,000.

Advancement to Level II:
To remain in the teaching profession in New Mexico, a Level I teacher must advance to Level II. The Level I teacher may advance to Level II after the third year of experience, but must advance to Level II by the end of the fifth year of experience at Level I.

To advance to Level II (Professional Teacher), you must:

Strand A . Evidence of Effective Teaching based upon competencies I, II, and V.

Strand A evidence includes:
(a) student achievement data (The data provides evidence of growth and progress of the students in your class or classes. The state’s standardized test scores will not be used unless you choose to use them. PED will provide models for collecting student achievement data for the content areas that teachers may decide to use in their PDDs. Your task is to present a compelling case in the PDD through student achievement data that your students demonstrate growth over the time they are with you.); and
(b) assessment techniques and procedures; and
(c) instructional plans and materials; and
(d) examples of student work and performance; and
(e) evidence of implementation of state curriculum standards;

Strand B. Evidence of Student Learning based upon competencies III, IV, VI, and VII.

Strand B evidence includes some required evidence and some optional evidence as follows:
(a) Required evidence:
   i.)   adaptations/modification for diverse learners; and
   ii.)  evidence of effective classroom management strategies and procedures; and
   iii.)  classroom observation reports; and
   iv.)  evidence of communication with students and parents.
(b) Optional evidence in the form of:
   i.)   student surveys; and/or
   ii.)  electronic media recording of classroom activities with reflections/analysis.

Strand C. Evidence of Professional Learning based upon competencies VII and IX.

Strand C evidence includes at least one of the following:
(a) professional development activities associated with your annual professional development plan (PDP); or
(b) evidence of collaborating with professional community; or
(c) parent surveys; or
(d) research publications; or
(e) professional presentations.

OR through certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Strand D. Proof of your successful participation in a mentoring program for at least one year.

Strand E. Copies of successful annual evaluations for your previous two years of teaching, your superintendent’s recommendation for your licensure advancement, and your district’s verification of the data submitted in your PDD.

Once you submit your PDD, along with a fee of $320.00, strands one, two, and three will be forwarded to two Independent Reviewers to assess if you have demonstrated that you meet the competency standards at Level II. Your employing school district rates strands four and five. Each of the five strands will be rated as “exceeds standards,” “meets standards,” or “does not meet standards.” You must meet or exceed standards in all five strands in order to advance to Level II. Your Level II License will be issued once the PED confirms that you meet standards in all five strands.  [Application to become and Independent Reviewer]

LEVEL II:

As a Level II teacher, you must develop a Professional Development Plan (PDP) with your principal at the beginning of each school year. Your PDP must be based upon New Mexico’s nine teacher competencies and differentiated indicators  for Licensure Level II, although it may also include other factors that are determined locally. At the end of each school year your principal will evaluate your performance based upon your PDP and the nine teacher competencies for Level II.

In addition, Level II teachers who teach in core academic areas must be “highly qualified”  for their teaching assignment(s) each year.

If you continue to demonstrate Level II competencies, you may choose to remain at Level II for the remainder of your teaching career by renewing your Level II License every nine years. To renew your Level II License, your superintendent must verify that you meet the competencies and indicators for Level II and recommend that your license be renewed. This process does not involve submission of a Professional Development Dossier (PDD).

Advancement to Level III-A:

Advancement to Level III-A is optional.

To advance to Level III-A (Instructional Leader), you must:

Strand A evidence includes:
(a) student achievement data (The data provides evidence of growth and progress of the students in your class or classes. The state’s standardized test scores will not be used unless you choose to use them. PED will provide models for collecting student achievement data for the content areas that teachers may decide to use in their PDDs. Your task is to present a compelling case in the PDD through student achievement data that your students demonstrate growth over the time they are with you.); and
(b) assessment techniques and procedures; and
(c) instructional plans and materials; and
(d) examples of student work and performance; and
(e) evidence of implementation of state curriculum standards;

Strand B. Evidence of Student Learning based upon competencies III, IV, VI, and VII.

Strand B evidence includes some required evidence and some optional evidence as follows:
a) Required evidence:
   i.)   adaptations/modification for diverse learners; and
   ii.)  evidence of effective classroom management strategies and procedures; and
   iii.)  classroom observation reports; and
   iv.)  evidence of communication with students and parents.
(b) Optional evidence in the form of:
   i.)   student surveys; and/or
   ii.)  electronic media recording of classroom activities with reflections/analysis.

Strand C. Evidence of Professional Learning based upon competencies VII and IX.

Strand C evidence includes at least one of the following:
(a) professional development activities associated with your annual professional development plan (PDP); or
(b) evidence of collaborating with professional community; or
(c) parent surveys; or
(d) research publications; or
(f) professional presentations.

OR certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards .

Strand D. Verification of licensee leadership roles based on the nine teacher competencies and indicators for Level III-A teachers.

Strand E . Verification that  licensee satisfactorily demonstrates the essential competencies for the current level of licensure and is hereby recommended for advancement. Verification of Superintendent’s recommendation for licensure advancement, and district’s verification of the data submitted in licensee's PDD.

Once you submit your PDD, along with a fee of $320.00, strands A, B and C will be forwarded to two Independent Reviewers to assess if you have demonstrated that you meet competency standards at Level III-A. Your employing school district rates strands D and E. Each of the five strands will be rated as “exceeds standards,” “meets standards,” or “does not meet standards.” You must meet or exceed standards in all five strands in order to advance to Level III. Your Level III-A License will be issued once the PED confirms that you meet standards in all five strands. If you are not successful in meeting standards in one or more of the strands, the passing scores that you earned in the other strands may be “banked” for two years to allow you to resubmit any unsuccessful strand(s) the following year. In that way, you will need to work only on the strands you did not pass the first time. [Application to become an Independent Reviewer]

LEVEL III-A:

As a Level III-A teacher, you must develop a Professional Development Plan (PDP) with your principal at the beginning of each school year. Your PDP must be based upon New Mexico’s nine teacher competencies for Licensure Level III-A, although it may also include other factors that are determined locally. At the end of each school year your principal will evaluate your performance based upon your PDP and the nine teacher competencies for Level III-A.

In addition, Level III-A teachers who teach in core academic areas must establish that they are “highly qualified” for their teaching assignment(s) each year.

If you continue to demonstrate Level III-A competencies, you will remain at Level III-A for the remainder of your teaching career by renewing your Level III-A License every nine years. To renew your Level III-A License, your superintendent must verify that you meet the competencies and indicators for Level III-A and recommend that your license be renewed.

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