NASP delegates and student leaders serve as a connection between NASP and school psychologists practicing in diverse roles in their states. State Delegates promote NASP’s professional positions and priority goals at the state level and utilize their understanding of state issues to guide NASP’s strategic direction.
I hope you all had a wonderful summer and took some time to do some self-care! Many of you have been back at it to the start of the new school year and I hope it is going well! The rest of us are gearing up!!
I apologize, in advance, for the length of this email but have some critical and time sensitive information to share. There has been a committee of various stakeholders working on a document titled "Rules Governing Uniformity." This committee has been editing the School Psychologist Endorsement and the Interim Certificate of School Psychologist Endorsement. The changes that are being considered do not align with NASP's Standards, in fact have gone backwards, and have significant impact for us in the field and for students, particularly related to the Interim Endorsement. Kristina Wagoner, ISPA Professional Standards and Ethics Chair, and I have been working with the NASP State Credentialing Committee and have come up with some talking points or "asks" related to a document that address School Psychologists' Endorsements.
The link to the document is here: https://www.sde.idaho.gov/topics/admin-rules/. You can also find it by going to the Home page of the Department of Education, click on Administrative Rules to the right of Superintendent S. Ybarra's picture, click on Negotiated Rule Making and scroll down to the 3rd pdf document "Proposed 08-02-02 Rules of Governing Uniformity." Page 5 has the information related to the changes proposed to School Psychologists. You can also see at the bottom of the Administrative Rules page on the website that there is a Public Comment Form where we can begin to submit our comments.
Below is a list of basic talking points or asks that are of significant concern for us in the field of school psychology. Guidance was provided by NASP, which goes out to all credentialing and licensing entities across the country. The guidelines NASP provides are meant to be minimum considerations for having qualified people entering the field. Please use your own words in sharing your concerns and stories. Let’s speak as a united front as these changes impact not only us but also students, families, schools and school districts, graduate programs, and communities.
The deadline to receive public comment is September 30th. Please share this information with your colleagues - fellow school psychologists, special education directors, administrators, your Idaho legislators, etc. - in your districts and seek their assistance in making comments to the Department of Education so these changes/edits do not go through.
Teresa Stivers Fritsch, Psy.S., NCSP
Idaho NASP Delegate