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The American Board of Medical Specialties Response to National Board of Physicians and Surgeons' Assertion Of Certifying Body Equivalency

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CHICAGO, July 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) strongly disagrees with the persistent and misleading assertions that the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) recertification process provides a means of continuing ABMS board certification or is equivalent to ABMS board certification. Claims of equivalence to ABMS certification or that NBPAS is a means to maintain ABMS Member Board certification are misleading to the profession, and most importantly, to the public who depend upon the strength of ABMS board certification.

Unlike the ABMS Member Boards, NBPAS does not have a process for defining specialty specific standards for knowledge. It does not offer an external assessment of knowledge and skills, which the Institute for Credentialing Excellence defines as the essence of a certification program's ability to validate competence, nor is the NBPAS certificate consistent with established American Medical Association policy on certification.

NBPAS does not have a requirement for improving medical practice, nor does it appear to have a means to address unprofessional conduct by its members. Lastly, it does not engage in research to provide the evidence base supporting the value of its program and informing its continued quality improvement.

ABMS and its Member Boards recently completed a comprehensive, transparent and collaborative process to review and enhance the Member Boards' continuing certification programs, ensuring they are both relevant and supportive of diplomates' learning and improvement needs while providing the public with a reliable and dependable credential. These program revisions address concerns that had been expressed by diplomates about continuing certification: they offer an alternative to the high-stakes exams, provide feedback to support learning, and include processes to allow diplomates to meet requirements prior to certificate loss.

All of these changes serve to reduce diplomate costs, and diplomates like them: Ninety-eight percent of surveyed diplomates prefer longitudinal assessment models over the previous high-stakes exam. At the same time, ABMS continuing certification continues to honor its obligation to the public to verify that ABMS Board Certified physicians have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and professionalism to provide high quality specialty care.

The value of board certification should not be understated. Patients deserve access to highly skilled specialty care. They expect their physicians to be up to date with the most recent medical advances in their specialties and to demonstrate their proficiency through a rigorous Board certification process. Recognizing NBPAS as a certifying body equivalent to ABMS Member Boards will confuse the public and the profession regarding the meaning and purpose of board certification and may undermine the public trust in board certification and professional self-regulation.

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Killexams : NAEMT board finds fault with part of NREMT resolution

The board also stated that it has been disappointed in the outcomes of CAAHEP accreditation of paramedic education programs

By Leila Merrill

CLINTON, Miss. — In response to NREMT's Resolution on Updated Eligibility Criteria for Initial EMS Education, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians board of directors released a statement Sunday saying that it supports having more accreditation options for paramedic education programs: “We do not support the option for states to approve these programs absent accreditation from a recognized accrediting agency.”

In the resolution, NREMT proposes expanding eligibility requirements. Public comments on it can be made through Aug. 17 here.

The board also stated it has been disappointed in the outcomes of CAAHEP accreditation of paramedic education programs.

"The current EMS workforce shortage in the United States has reached a critical juncture, and while employee retention and competition with other healthcare sectors are factors, we believe that the restriction of the National Registry Paramedic exam to only graduates of CAAHEP accredited programs has contributed to the workforce shortage," the board said in part. "NAEMT recognizes that there are costs associated with accreditation from any accrediting agency, but we believe that having more than one option for accreditation would create more competitive pricing opportunities for paramedic program accreditation."

Read the full NAEMT statement here.

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Killexams : Teacher shortages spurring 4-day weeks, hefty sign-on bonuses

By Shain Bergan, Marleah Campbell and Joseph Hennessy

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    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KCTV) -- The nationwide teacher shortage is forcing school districts in Kansas and Missouri to make some big changes, including 4-day weeks for some and hefty sign-on bonuses for new employees.

The Missouri Department of Education and Secondary Education says there were more than 3,000 in-state teaching positions that had to be left vacant or filled by unqualified candidates last school year. Educators spoke with the state Board of Education’s Blue-Ribbon Commission Wednesday about their concerns heading into this school year.

Chief among the needs for teachers were extra support and increased pay---and many districts are adjusting by shortening the school week. Around 135 districts statewide are implementing a four-day week to combat the shortages.

The state Board voted in June to allow potential teachers to qualify for a certificate if they miss 1-4 questions on the certification exam. Around 550 teachers missed the qualifying score, but had already completed the accredited program.

Gov. Mike Parson approved nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to increase minimum pay for Missouri teachers to $38,000, where the state directly pays for 70 percent of that. The National Education Association says the national average starting wage for educators is around $41,000.

The 22-member Blue-Ribbon Commission has a survey available until Friday at 4 p.m. for educators to share their opinions. You can find that here.

And Over in Kansas

New data shows Kansas could face its worst-ever teacher shortage this fall. Around 1,400 in-state teaching jobs are unfilled as students and staff head into the school year, the biggest shortage ever seen.

In response, Kansas City, KS, Public Schools is hosting a career fair Thursday, and for the first time ever, they are offering a $1,500 sign-on bonus for all full-time new hires, as well as a $750 sign-on bonus for part-time hires. The district is looking to fill positions from instructional aides and paraprofessionals to school nurses, nutritional service workers and support staff.

Those sign-on bonuses kick in 90 days after joining the district.

The career fair kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and wraps up at 6:30 p.m., at the KCK School District’s Central Office at 59th Street and Parallel Parkway.

The school district’s assistant director of recruiting said before the pandemic, they would typically be dealing with a much smaller need, but teachers are leaving because they’re moving or leaving the profession. The pandemic has also been a major factor.

“Just a lot of stress, a lot of the unknown factors as we have come out of the pandemic and as we are here in the school district,” said Cynthia Fulks, the district’s assistant director of recruitment and substitute staffing. “So this will not change: Our students still need to have their education, and they need to advance in their learning from the things that have happened during the pandemic.

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Killexams : Educators supply suggestions to fix Missouri teacher shortage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Educators from across Missouri told members of the State Board of Education’s Blue Ribbon Commission the reason why teachers are leaving the field is due to a lack of support and pay.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) previously said last fall there were more than 3,000 positions in Missouri classrooms that were either left vacant or were filled by someone not qualified. This year, roughly 25% of the state’s 550 school districts are implementing a four-day week due to a shortage of teachers. 

“Today, we’re here to talk about the crisis in Missouri and I’m not talking about COVID or monkeypox, I’m here to talk about the crisis of education,” said Shawn Harris, art teacher at Tipton School District. “Salaries are so low that new and veteran teachers are having to find oftentimes a second job in order to make ends meet.”

Harris, also a member of the Pettis County R-XII School Board, was one of a dozen educators who spoke to members of the Blue Ribbon Commission Wednesday in Jefferson City. 

“We are seeing people leave this field, we are seeing people not enter this field because of low pay,” said Harris. “It’s difficult to find substitutes when teachers leave and fill those gaps.”

The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Blue Ribbon Commission is made up of 22 members from the business communities, lawmakers, and other educators who were appointed in the spring by the Missouri Board of Education. 

It’s a crucial time in the state’s education system. While Missouri struggles with a lack of teachers, the commission is spending months studying retention and recruitment. Part of their research was asking educators what they would do. 

“Not only has our pay struggled to keep pace with inflation, but the duties also asked of teachers have been added to compounded,” said Nick Crabtree, a teacher for the Brandson Public School District.

He said he traveled to Jefferson City with his wife Cambria, a teacher at Nixa Jr. High. 

“If you ask a contractor to do more, they are going to charge you more,” said Crabtree. “Teachers have been asked to do more and the other hand hasn’t come in balance.”

Kathy Steinhoff recently retired after more than three decades of teaching at Columbia. She told members the state has never funded education properly and fully. 

“I retired this past year after teaching 34 years and I can tell you that the last four years have been extremely difficult and something only those in the classroom now can comprehend,” said Steinhoff. “Of course increasing base pay is a critical and essential component that requires more funding.”

Last month, the governor approved nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to increase minimum teacher pay from $25,000 to $38,000. Under the legislation, the state pays for 70% while the rest is on the district.

Missouri currently has the lowest starting teacher wage in the country with an average of $32,970. According to the National Education Association, the national average starting wage for educators is $41,163. 
Cambria said before lawmakers and education officials make any changes; she wants them to come to spend a day inside a classroom to understand. 

“Actually, being in a classroom and seeing what it’s like is completely different than just hearing our testimony up here,” said Cambria. “If you come to visit, don’t just visit for one hour. If you come to visit, stay in a classroom the whole day. Come back multiple times. Don’t come and ask to see a dog and pony show.”

Those working in some of the state’s smallest districts like Jackee Collins are asking for more support. 

“Six years in the industry as a teacher and while salary is important, I understand our small school districts are important too and deserve the same amount of money and assets,” said Collins. “It’s not always about the salary. It is important, but you have to fund our small school districts and supply us the support.”

Collins said she makes less than $38,000 a year even though she has three master’s degrees in the Delta R-X School District, but does it because she wants to make a difference.
Steinhoff agrees with Collins, that raising the minimum salary for every teacher in the state isn’t the best way to go about retention. 

“We have such diversity in the districts across our state,” said Steinhoff. “We need to let our local communities make decisions and not consider a statewide salary schedule or consolidate schools.”

Rebeka McIntosh is the vice president of the Missouri National Education Association (NEA) and a teacher at Grandview School District near Kansas City. She recommends giving teachers more planning time. 

“If we could allow educators to do one job, that they are such professionals at, and not to the six and seven jobs that they are doing right now,” said McIntosh. 

Back in June, the State Board of Education voted to expand testing scores in hopes of getting more teachers certified. By tweaking the state’s qualifying score, more than 500 teachers could be added to the workforce. 

According to DESE, roughly 550 teachers miss the qualifying score on the certification exam anywhere between one to four questions. Those candidates have already completed their accredited program but didn’t score high enough on the exam.

Back in April, the board approved to expand of the test scores for elementary certification exams by a -2 standard error of measurement (SEM) after a new assessment was implemented in August and enough educators weren’t scoring high enough.

In June, the board agreed to change the qualifying score to -1 SEM starting immediately. This means someone that missing a handful of questions would be certified. 

The commission currently has a survey open until Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. for educators on DESE’s website. Click here to take the survey.

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Killexams : Millard School receives Christian accreditation, state certification

Jul. 29—LOUISA — The Millard School received national accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI), according to a news release this week. It is now certified by the Kentucky Board of Education as a non-public certified private school for Kentucky.

The accreditation process examines all aspects of the school, including curriculum and instruction, safety and student care, services available, extra-curricular activities, and delivery of a quality Christian education with a biblical worldview, stated the release.

During the accreditation site visit, examiners from across the nation, including Texas, Ohio, Georgia and Lexington Christian Academy conducted a thorough review of the curriculum, observed all classroom teachers, and examined policies and procedures, along with a review of the governance of the school.

"It's such an honor to have a respected international organization like ACSI to come in and review all of the staff's hard work and validate all that work with their stamp of approval and accreditation," said TMS Principal Travis York. "We knew our heart and our effort was at the highest level, but having ACSI commend us not only on those areas but best practices with our curriculum, policies, and procedures confirms we are doing what's best for our students."

As a private Christian school, Millard can choose its curriculum, which is Christ-centered.

According to the release, the curriculum combines high academic standards and a biblical worldview in all subjects.

Administration and faculty closely monitor student achievement at TMS, with students participating in nationally normed testing three times per year. This year, students will begin yearly assessments for college readiness by taking the ACT beginning in eighth grade.

Millard provides computers at a ratio of 1:1 for all grade levels, except kindergarten.

However, according to the release, teacher-directed instruction remains the primary delivery method, with technology serving as a supplement and resource to increase engagement and research. TMS values relationships between students and teachers as a foundation for learning.

This year, students will begin work on a Destiny Portfolio, which will guide the student's personalized education program, including all areas of student growth, such as academics, social-emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. Ultimately, the Destiny Portfolio will assist the student in career planning and work-based learning experiences as they progress through their educational journey and live out the mission of The Millard School.

The mission of TMS is to "create a world of wonder with hope, comprehensive support, and education so every person can discover their God-given destiny."

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including cross-country, basketball, cheerleading, academic team and performing arts, are offered. Soccer and volleyball will be added in 2022-23.

The Millard School currently has more than 100 students enrolled for Fall 2022.

Construction of a new gymnasium is under way and will be ready for students at the opening of school. Plans for a high school have been approved. Construction will begin after the gymnasium is complete, stated the release.

York has high expectations for TMS in the near future.

"We look forward to working with ASCI as we continue our growth mindset making The Millard School the beacon of Christian education excellence in this area."

Contact (270) 574-3138 or visit info@millardschool.org for more information.

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Killexams : Community college professor receives national award
From left, President of AMT Board of Directors Christopher Seay, GRCC Workforce Training Program Director Linda Witte and Executive Director of AMT Kathy Cilia. Courtesy Grand Rapids Community College

A nationwide medical technologies company recognized a Grand Rapids Community College professor for her professional and community work. 

Linda Witte, program director and manager for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Workforce Training’s health programs, recently received the Pride of the Profession award from national certification agency American Medical Technologists (AMT) during the organization’s 2022 annual meeting.

“Linda is a wonderful leader and ambassador for GRCC and our health care programs,” said John Van Elst, interim executive director of GRCC Workforce Training. “It’s nice to see her recognized for her hard work, connecting students with in-demand skills for rewarding careers in fields that are constantly evolving.”

Witte manages the medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy skills programs. She also works with the surgical technologist and anesthesia technologist programs and is developing a direct support professional program. 

“I meet with employers to find out their hiring needs and put together short-term training programs to fill their needs,” Witte said about her work with the college. “Secondly, I oversee the best group of trainers who have a big heart for students. Thirdly, I work with potential and current students – from wanting to know more about health careers to encouraging their success once they are in our programs to celebrating with them once they’ve successfully completed the program. I ensure that our curriculum teaches students what the profession needs them to know, and I arrange for the students’ clinical placements.” 

Witte has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in social work, from Calvin University and a master’s in public administration from Grand Valley State University. 

AMT is a nonprofit association of allied health professionals. In addition to certification, the association provides members ongoing support to maintain skills, learn and grow in their chosen professions and sustain quality in the workplace.

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Killexams : Without India Inc’s help, we can’t fix our education system

It is that time of the year when millions of young Indian boys and girls, as well as their anxious parents and families, spend sleepless days and weeks worrying about the future. I am talking about the annual pandemic otherwise known as the great Indian Board exam and college admission jamboree.

With more than 1.5 million schools and more than 250 million students, India is home to the largest school system in the world. Much has been written about the quality of education on offer in this gargantuan, if creaky structure, but the fact is that a significant number do make it all the way through the entire school system to tackle the final barrier — the Class XII exams, conducted by national boards of education like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council of Indian School Certification Examination (ISC), as well as various state boards of education.

While numbers for CBSE (about 1.6 million students appeared for the 12th Board exam this year) and ISC (around 100,000) are easier to come by, those for the various State boards are not easily available. However, various estimates put the total number of students appearing for the 12th class board exams at over 14 million. This means that millions of Indians — because in India, as in large parts of Asia, the ‘make or break’ 12th exams involve the entire family, not just the hapless students)  — have already undergone months and even years of trauma, tension and anxiety.

The 12th exam results have just come out and a remarkably high percentage (over 90 percent) have actually cleared the hurdle. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of a long and even more tense journey before these millions of young men and women, all statistically already part of India’s so-called ‘demographic dividend’, having reached the UN Population Fund’s working age classification of 15-64 years, actually become productive, employed and earning members of society.

That is because getting past the 12th class board exam is only the first hurdle. There are many more barriers to pass before they get a scarce seat in a college and an even tougher battle after that to get a post graduate or professional degree and even tougher scramble after that to actually land a job.

India’s gross enrolment ratio — defined as the percentage of population in the eligible age group (18-23 in this case) enrolled in tertiary education — is a little over 27 percent, according to last available estimates. A bunch of researchers, including the vice chairman of India’s apex regulatory body for higher education, the University Grants Commission, have argued in a recent paper that the Eligible Enrolment Ratio (EER), defined as the percentage of eligible students — those who have qualified in the 12th class examination — enrolled in tertiary education as a more suitable measure. According to the study, India’s EER in 2017-18 was almost 65 per cent, comparable to the European and advanced economy averages.

But that still means that 35 percent missed out — many due to economic compulsions as they simply cannot afford to defer earning any longer, but also owing to the fact that there are more students seeking admission to college than there are seats available.

India is home to the world’s third largest tertiary education system, with more than 1,000 universities and nearly 35 million students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional programmes. But the difference between having the second largest school system and the third largest university system is much more than what the one spot difference in rankings suggests. Competition for college seats is intense. With marks inflation in the board exams — more than 135,000 students scored over 90 per cent in this year’s CBSE 12th exam alone — school leaving marks are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

There is now a perfect alphabet soup of entrance exams that students have to clear to join college, the latest being the newly revamped Central University Entrance Test (CUET) mandatory to get into one of India’s 45 Central universities. Much has been written about NEET (the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for admissions to medical and dental degree programmes, which saw 1.87 million students vie for a little over 91,000 MBBS and nearly 27,000 BDS (dental) seats but the admission test for engineering is equally brutal JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) for top tier engineering colleges like IITs and NITs saw more than 875,000 aspirants at the first stage (there is a second, advanced test for getting into IITs proper!).

But these are the biggies. There are six other admission tests besides JEE by various groupings of engineering colleges. There are 10 different entrance exams besides NEET for medical. There are eight different entrance tests for management courses. Even hotel management has as many as nine different sets of entrance exams for admission!

Clearly, the education system is broken. The multiplicity of entrance exams point to the increasing failure of the Senior Secondary Certificate qualifying the holder for even admission to a college, leave alone landing a job. The millions of students appearing for competitive exams for jobs points to the failure of a bulk of the tertiary education system to produce employment-ready degree holders.

Worse, the years spent in the pursuit of largely worthless degrees (a famous NASSCOM survey found that only around 7 per cent of engineering graduates were employment-ready) means that India loses a sizeable chunk of working age population during the tertiary phase — a period when they are at their physical and mental productivity peak.

What can be done? For starters, India Inc must supply up insisting on pointless qualifications for giving jobs. A 12th certificate, along with a year of focussed skill development training should be enough to meet the entry level requirement in most general admin, sales and marketing jobs. Likewise, an engineering degree is not required for basic shop floor jobs. Ditto for coding.

Since Indians have a transactional attitude to education — degrees are sought not for learning but to help land a job — once the path to a job is eased, the pressure on the tertiary system will ease. This means more resources can be focused on fewer people to enhance quality for higher order skills, while employers can quickly find talent with basic skills for other jobs. This will help solve India Inc’s talent shortage, Excellerate our skills quotient and hopefully reduce trauma for students and parents.

Views are personal and do not represent the stand of this publication.

R Srinivasan is former editor of The Hindu Business Line.

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Killexams : Horizons employee promoted to CEO, new board member at First National Bank, 7 promoted at HCF

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Killexams : Nebraska Board of Education hiring consultant to review standards-writing process

Members of the Nebraska Board of Education on Friday voted to hire a consultant to examine the state’s process for writing academic content standards — a process that last year yielded health education standards that sharply divided Nebraskans.

Over the years, the state’s standards-writing process had regularly churned out standards for mandatory core subjects such as math and English with little controversy.

But when the board floated optional health education standards last year that included sex education, they ignited such overwhelming public opposition that the board pulled the plug on them.

Board members voted 8-0 to authorize Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt to contract with American Institutes for Research, an Arlington, Virginia, nonprofit.

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Under the $50,000 contract, the organization will examine the process Nebraska uses and will deliver a report with recommendations by May 1, 2023.

Hiring a consultant was among several recommendations of an ad hoc board committee appointed last November after the board indefinitely postponed development of the health education standards in September.

Standards are what state officials believe children should know and be able to do in each grade.

In the past, proposed Nebraska standards for social studies and science provoked a few minor skirmishes over content. But those debates paled next to the firestorm that erupted when the board proposed what it described as inclusive standards that included teaching about gender identity and sexual orientation.

The initial draft called for teaching children as young as 6 years old about gender identity and gender stereotypes.

Supporters said the standards would stem bullying, prevent suicides and make schools a welcoming place for all students regardless of their gender identity or nontraditional family structure.

Opponents said the standards amounted to political advocacy that didn’t reflect the values of most Nebraska parents. They said the standards would rob kids of their innocence and sexualize children.

Several board members have suggested that the failure of the standards was due, in part, to problems with the process.

Critics say the Nebraska Department of Education did not invite conservative voices to be involved in the writing process.

Board member Patti Gubbels said the review will be “almost like an external evaluation.”

The consultant will “come in and look at the standards-development processes and procedures to really do a thorough kind of evaluation with suggestions for improvements,” Gubbels said.

The consultant will look at how other states develop standards. The review will include focus group interviews with school leaders, teachers, policy makers, parents, families and caregivers.

Board member Kirk Penner voted in favor but said he doubts the review will do much good. He said the process wasn’t the reason the standards failed.

“It was the content, and they’re not going to get that from this consultant,” Penner said.

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Killexams : Marion schools: District targets retirees, bachelor-degree holders to fill 150 teacher jobs

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