This post is intended to answer the question “What are the TSIPs and what do I need to do?”
1. The TSIP is a state requirement, not a Goochland requirement. In 1998, the Virginia DOE established the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel for teachers. This is a one-time exercise that allows a university or school division to certify that a teacher applying for, or renewing a Virginia teaching license, is technically competent with computer technology.
2. How do I demonstrate competency? Each school division likely does this a different way. Some put teachers through a mandatory training session, others give a test. In Goochland, you will sit through a 10-15 minute interview with me, and demonstrate on your school laptop some basic skills.
3. What basic skills are assessed? The TSIPs define 8 general competencies. We have interpreted them for the technology we have available in our schools today. This form defines some of the things I cover during the interview.
4. Once the form is signed by you, what do I do with it? The completed TSIP form is submitted to our HR department and will be included in your licensure/re-licensure documentation. Currently, you only need to do this once. Once the TSIP requirement has been met, you do not need to be assessed again.
5. If I take my technology course, do I have to go through TSIP? Yes. Our requirement of at least one technology integration course each school year has nothing to do with the TSIP process or requirement.
6. What happens if I don’t pass? If we determine your basic technology skills have not been met, we will make an alternate appointment to do the assessment again. I cannot tell you the answers, but you may consult with someone in your school if you have questions.
7. How do I take the TSIP assessment? Please e-mail me for an appointment to meet after school at the central office to schedule your interview.