What is the Clearinghouse?
The NASDTEC Educator Identification Clearinghouse is the national collection point for professional educator discipline actions taken by the fifty states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Defense Educational Opportunity schools, and the U.S. Territories. NASDTEC, through the Clearinghouse maintains a database of all disciplinary actions reported by NASDTEC members and disseminates this information to all participating NASDTEC jurisdictions. The goal of the Clearinghouse is to provide each NASDTEC member state/jurisdiction with a notification of an action taken against the certificate/license of an educator by other member states/jurisdictions and in doing so, to protect the interests of children served by the professional education community within the United States and beyond. (top
How does the Clearinghouse work?
States and other member jurisdictions report to the Clearinghouse the names, birth dates, and other identifying information of individuals who have had their professional educator certificates/licenses annulled, denied, suspended, revoked, or otherwise invalidated. The Clearinghouse organizes the data into monthly reports and distributes them to NASDTEC Members who can then compare the information to their current lists of licensed educators and/or applicants. If a match occurs, the agency can contact the reporting jurisdiction to gain more detail about the particular action and to determine whether action is warranted. In addition, the Clearinghouse enables it members to maintain a comprehensive database that can be referenced to check every certification/licensure candidate making application in a given jurisdiction. While the presence of a name in the database does not necessarily preclude an individual from successfully obtaining a certificate/licensure in a jurisdiction, it does provide the governing agency a safety net enabling officials to review the nature of the license/certificate action and determine if further action is warranted before issuing the certificate or license. (top
Can local schools and school districts have access to the information in the Clearinghouse?
Local Education Agency (LEA) access was approved by the NASDTEC membership on June 30, 2016. LEAs (public and private) can now access information in the Clearinghouse records. LEAS will have an online lookup page and can access information through a dedicated secure FTP download.The rationale for having access is related to the need for schools and school districts to confirm that all staff, certified and non-certified, are safe to practice. Given that all educator misconduct cases don't result in criminal cases that are reported through typical background checks, every district needs to practice due diligence by checking every employee against the NASDTEC Clearinghouse.
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Do the Actions Being Reported to the NASDTEC Clearinghouse Only Involve Cases Concerning Moral Turpitude?
No, the nature of actions reported to the Clearinghouse varies and reflect the laws and regulations of the reporting member state or jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions are limited in the types of offenses for which they may take action. Others have a wide range of activities that constitute cause to take action. Those receiving NASDTEC Clearinghouse data should thoroughly investigate the nature of a specific case by contacting the reporting jurisdiction and determining the circumstances involved before drawing any conclusion. A reported action to the Clearinghouse by one jurisdiction does not compel similar action by other members. Those accessing Clearinghouse data should be cautioned that some reported actions involve notice of the reinstatement of an educator who was previously the subject of an invalidation report. Members receiving Clearinghouse information must consult reporting jurisdictions to ascertain the present, up-to-date status of cases and individuals. (top)
What kinds of information are reported to the Clearinghouse?
Clearinghouse members report the status of the action taken (i.e. certificate/license denied or invalidated annulled, revoked, suspended, and/or voluntarily surrendered) and the nature of the denial/invalidation. Reasons for action vary depending on the laws and regulations of the reporting member state or jurisdiction. The type of action reported can range from violent felonies to sexual misconduct to illegal use of controlled substances; from breach of contract to incompetence. (top)