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Credential Evaluations Gone Wrong: Sylvia Gets Conflicting Consultations

July 13, 2011

Sylvia is a special education teacher from Spain. She just moved to Texas to continue her passion for teaching. In order to get a state teaching license, Sylvia needs her Spanish credentials to be evaluated. Again.

Years ago, Sylvia was told by one evaluation company that her degree from Spain was not equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. Then she heard about another credentials evaluator that was more lenient. That company granted Sylvia a bachelor’s equivalency for her Spanish degree. Problem solved, right? Wrong.

When Sylvia recently approached the Texas Education Agency to receive her teaching certification, they made her reevaluate her credentials with a different company (which is why she contacted SDR Educational Consultants). Now she’s back to square one. Not sure who to trust or what to believe. All Sylvia wants to do is help kids with special needs.

It’s situations like these that make you wish all credentials evaluators would collaborate more for the sake of helping their clients instead of just trying to get more of them. While there is currently no governmental standard that all credentials evaluators must obey, at least there is AICE (the Association of International Credential Evaluators).

AICE is an organization comprised of select credential evaluation companies, all of which are owned and operated by an expert or team of experts, each with at least 18 years of industry experience. Additionally, all AICE members collaborate to consistently recommend the same equivalencies.

If Sylvia had contacted SDR Educational Consultants in the first place, she would never have to deal with the maze of confusion she currently must navigate simply to receive a certificate so she can do what she loves.

Transparency promotes efficiency, which breeds opportunity. We should all strive to achieve the same.

Disclaimer: The true identity of this story’s protagonist has been altered to protect her privacy.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2011 4:00 pm

    Thank you for this great post which I’ll share on FB. Consistency in recommending academic equivalencies is imperative and this post clearly demonstrates what happens when one company decides to go “rogue” with its standards.

  2. July 14, 2011 3:49 am

    Thanks Jasmin!

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