paperwork, streamlines certificate renewal
Certificate Renewal Tracking System, known by the acronym CERTS,
is now available on the State Board of education's website.
is an interactive tracking and storage system designed to streamline
the paperwork-laden process of renewing certificates for all
elementary and secondary teachers in Illinois public schools. Teachers
are required by legislation enacted in 1999 to
develop and complete professional development plans in order
to get certificates renewed.
teachers will have certificates that must be renewed at five-year
intervals after their professional development plans are completed
and approved by the Local Professional Development Committee. Each
of the state's 890 school districts must have at least one LPDC
(many will have more than one) to review, approve and maintain
records for each plan submitted.
CERTS system will substantially reduce the paperwork required
by the certificate renewal process while at the same time facilitating
communications among various level of the process. In fact, CERTS
replaces 16 forms that previously were required for the
certificate renewal process. The system may be accessed
24 hours a day, seven days per week by any computer with Internet
records will be available to teachers who submit professional
development plans, LPDCs that must review and approve those plans
and Regional Professional Development Committees that must review
appeals. CERTS also allows each of these parties to leave
messages for any of the others.
web-based service will ease the record-keeping burden of local
districts, LPDCs, RPDCs and Regional Offices of Education. CERTS
may be accessed through the State Board of Education website
(www.isbe.net) by clicking
on the "CERTS" link. An online help feature offers
a user-friendly guide to use of the system.
About 160,000 teachers will complete the certificate-renewal process at five-year intervals through over 900 Local Professional Development Committees. Teachers who achieve the Master Certificate by completing national certification requirements will renew their certificates on a ten-year cycle.