Regarding the Certification of Braille Instructors
Resolution Number 2009-38
November 17, 2009
The Board of Education adopted the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure’s recommendation regarding the certification of Braille instructors in response to the Virginia General Assembly House Bill 2224.
On September 20-21, 2009, the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure unanimously approved the following recommendation to the Board of Education:
The Advisory Board unanimously recommends to the Board of Education that a reliable, valid, and legally defensible assessment available statewide (to be determined) demonstrating Braille proficiency prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education be required for individuals seeking an initial license with an endorsement in Special Education-Visual Impairments. [The Department of Education shall follow policies and procedures relative to the procurement of such an assessment.] Additionally, contingent upon available funding, opportunities for licensed teachers with the endorsement in Visual Impairments be afforded additional professional development in the teaching of Braille through the Virginia Department of Education and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. The Advisory Board supports the Virginia Board of Education’s efforts to include teachers of visual impairments in the Standards of Quality funding formula.
Mark E. Emblidge, President
Minutes of the Virginia Board of Education