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1QECO/COEQ The Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario Presentation to: Date
2WHAT IS QECO? QECO Objective: To provide members with the highest QECO category as quickly as possible within the integrity of the evaluation program.A service created by the three affiliates AEFO, ETFO and OECTA, which is funded by the memberships to serve teachers.Evaluates teacher academic credentials for salary purposes by following a specific and consistent set of criteria.Provides to teachers the quickest and most useful routes to the next category.QECO is recognized in every collective agreement of the three affiliates for teacher salary category placement.
3WHAT IS QECO?There are a lot of misunderstandings around QECO and particularly around what QECO is and what it is not…QECO is not…The Ontario College of TeachersThe Ministry of EducationAn employerEQAOQECO works for members to provide the highest possible category. It will never reduce a category or attempt to disadvantage a member.
4WHAT IS QECO? QECO – Similar but Unique…. Virtually all school systems in North America and around the world have a system of salary categories defined by academic qualifications.Outside of Ontario, the authority that creates and maintains these systems is usually the employer.But QECO, unlike any other authorities, is solely governed by the teachers as an independent not-for-profit corporation.
5WHAT IS QECO? Quick Facts: More than 45 years of service since 1969 Now, more than125,000 teachers of AEFO, ETFO and OECTA served (not OSSTF).Peel teachers were the last to join QECO (2000 – 2005)Up to 25,000 applications per yearStaff of 13Governed by the Affiliates Committee (president and general secretary of each of the three organizations).QECO serves Teachers….and works to obtain the highest possible category for each one.
6WHAT QECO IS Before QECO… Many factors affected salaries, benefits and working conditions of teachers.Affiliates addressed inequity.From the struggle for equitable remuneration for teachers regardless of gender, favoritism or location in the province, QECO was created.6
7WHAT QECO IS www.qeco.on.ca PROGRAM 5:Available on websiteTransparent charts, regulations and definitions.5 Categories available to certified teachers:A A1 A2 A3 A4Category A is only for teachers with no degree (limited special certifications and teachers certified before degree requirements.)Teachers with OCT acceptable degrees will be placed in no less than Category A1.Many teachers still start at Category A1.The majority of teachers are already in Category A4.It is estimated that up to 40,000 are not yet in Category A4.
8QECO Before and Now QECO Issue Before Now Comment Completion timeline 10 – 16 weeks2 – 10 daysQECO has dramatically changed its operation model, reducing the processing time while increasing the number of teachers it serves.Academic credentialsRecognizing only traditional credentials.Much broader recognitionQECO recognizes credentials accredited by the authority in the jurisdiction, and at the time, in which they are conferred.Missing information on applicationSend application back if all information was not provided.Work with what’s available if there is enough to provide the service.QECO will complete the request if there is enough information, and ask for the remainder for the next evaluation.If something else is required, QECO staff will phone the teacher rather than making a request in a letter form.If teacher is registered on QECOweb, then then a note of missing information is available to the teacher electronically.
10Why Apply Yearly?May not know the quickest route to reach next category.May not realize that requirements have already been satisfied.Sometimes miss several years of an increment change just because they weren’t sure if they should apply.Always best to apply to QECO often if not in Category A4.No costQuick application available on websiteResponse will provide most current and quickest routes to next categoryResponse returned usually within 2 weeks.
11Why Apply Yearly? “The Super Teacher” March 2010 – QECO InquiryDiscovered he had never been evaluated:Paid at Category A1.History of Employment / Salary:Employed permanent since 19974 yr. degree, several three-part specialistsWould have been in Category A4 by 1999 if applied.Never applied to QECO – 13 years of lost salary at category A1. Retro pay for current year only.Recognized as a very popular, hardworking, do-everything “Super” teacher.Loss – Over $100,000Many examples…Often for years before we hear from these teachers they are experiencing shame, embarrassment, guilt.
12Why Apply Yearly? “But I Haven’t Done Any Coursework” First Application in February 2000Bachelors degreeMasters in progress, but degree was not completeReceived Category A3 and a letter from QECO requesting a transcript of the masters degree once the degree was conferred for a higher category.2nd Application in April 2012QECO requested transcript of conferred Masters degree.Masters had been conferred in late 2000.Teacher received Category A4 in 2012 as a result of completed Masters degree.12 years of lost category placement.Loss in excess of $40,000.
13Why Apply Yearly? “The Collector” First QECO EvaluationThree year degree- Category A1Provided upgrading routes which was interpreted by the teacher as “needing a lot of courses to get to Category A4.”Next QECO Evaluation- 2011Considering retiring in next 12 monthsEvaluation reveals 3-three part specialists and an enormous assortment of other AQ coursesWould have obtained category changes since 1990.Took a course every summer with her friends. “Just lost track of how many…”Has a huge impact on average of best 5 years for retirement.Loss - more than $100,000 and pension reduction
14Local Leaders Can Help Encourage members to: How to do this? Apply to QECO yearly if they are not yet in Category A4.Review pay stubs to ensure they are in the correct QECO category.Contact QECO and request quickest routes to next category.Pay attention to employer deadlines.Take courses to help move up the grid.How to do this?Newsletter insertsAdd QECO reminders and deadlines at meetingsDemonstrate the economic sense of a category changeShare QECO notes and tips.Include in NTIP presentationsLink QECO to your local website (www.qeco.on.ca)
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