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603 CMR 6.00:
Teacher Quality Enhancement

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6.03: Bonus Program: Criteria for Eligibility, Screening and Selection

(1) Eligibility. Graduates of, or current seniors in, accredited undergraduate institutions are eligible to apply for the bonus program so long as they demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

(a) ranking in the top ten percent of the candidate's graduating class;

(b) minimum of 3.5 grade point average in the major area of study as designated by the college or university the candidate attended;

(c) minimum of 3.5 grade point average overall from the college or university the candidate attended;

(d) ranking in the top tenth percentile overall on a nationally recognized examination designated by the Commissioner; or

(e) nomination made or endorsed by the dean of the candidate's institution of higher education as a high achiever with exemplary character and potential for success as a public school teacher. Institutions of higher education may submit up to two nominations each year.

If a candidate graduated from college five or more years before applying for the program, the Commissioner may determine that the candidate is eligible for selection as a recipient based on the candidate's experience and on the criteria listed in 603 CMR 6.03 (2) (c), (d) and (e).

All candidates must pass the two-part Massachusetts Educator Certification Test.

(2) Screening. The Commissioner will oversee a process in which all eligible candidates are reviewed based on the following criteria:

(a) high achievement based on objective measures as defined by 603 CMR 6.03 (1), including high performance on the Massachusetts Educator Certification Test;

(b) the rigor of the applicant's program of study;

(c) fulfillment of serious responsibility, as demonstrated by the candidate's experiences and level of responsibility;

(d) logical thinking and clear written expression, as demonstrated through writing samples, one of which is the writing section of the Communication and Literacy Skills component of the Massachusetts Educator Certification Test; and

(e) exemplary character and potential for success as a public school teacher, as demonstrated through four letters of reference.

Based on this review, and such other criteria as the Commissioner may establish consistent with 603 CMR 6.03 (1) and (2), the Commissioner shall recommend candidates for selection.

(3) Selection. The Commissioner, in consultation with the Board of Education, shall appoint a selection advisory committee. The committee shall review all candidates recommended by the Commissioner and advise the Commissioner on the final selection.

The Commissioner shall give priority in selection to candidates who will teach in subject areas most needed in the public schools of the Commonwealth, from among the following core subject areas: science, technology, and mathematics, history and social science, English, foreign languages, and the arts.

(4) In any given year, the Commissioner shall award bonuses only to those candidates who meet the criteria for selection, rather than awarding a specific number of bonuses.

Last Updated: September 1, 1998
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