Principal's certification of ACET portfolio and recommending recognition

Certifying a teacher’s portfolio

The principal’s certification of a teacher’s portfolio ensures the integrity of the ACET recognition process and that the evidence upon which ACET recognition is based is an accurate representation of the teacher’s classroom and professional practice.

To certify a portfolio, use your knowledge of the teacher’s practice along with the supporting body of evidence to determine whether it is a true reflection of the teacher’s classroom and professional practice. Evidence must be current (within the previous three years) and should include planning through to outcomes. You need to complete the Certification and Recommendation panel on page 2 of your teacher’s Portfolio form.

If you cannot certify a portfolio, it should not be submitted to TeachNZ as the teacher will not be able to continue in the ACET recognition process.

Please contact TeachNZ at ACET.Recognition@education.govt.nz if you are unable to certify teachers’ portfolios.

Making a recommendation for or against ACET recognition

Once you have certified your teacher’s portfolio, you need to decide whether they should be ACET recognised on the basis of the portfolio they have presented.

Consider the quality of the evidence provided and the commentary from the teacher, to determine whether the portfolio demonstrates that the teacher meets all of the ACET professional criteria. Each section of the portfolio and the supporting evidence should demonstrate that the teacher’s classroom and professional practice is at an exemplary level (i.e. over and above accepted practice).

You need to recommend that, in your professional judgment, either:

  • the portfolio demonstrates that the teacher’s practice meets the ACET professional criteria and the teacher should be ACET recognised or
  • the portfolio does not demonstrate that the teacher’s practice meets the ACET professional criteria, and the teacher should not be ACET recognised.

You need to sign the portfolio form validating your recommendation. If you are recommending that the teacher should not be ACET recognised, you must indicate the section(s) of the portfolio that, in your professional judgment, do not meet the ACET professional criteria and provide a brief explanation of your decision.

All portfolios should still be submitted to TeachNZ for evaluation by the independent panel of experts, regardless of the principal’s recommendation.

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