House File 2007 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2007 BY WILLS A BILL FOR An Act relating to subject and performance-based assessments 1 administered prior to a student’s completion of a 2 practitioner preparation program. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5104YH (3) 87 kh/rj
H.F. 2007 Section 1. Section 256.16, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code 1 2018, is amended to read as follows: 2 a. (1) Administer a preprofessional skills test offered 3 by a nationally recognized testing service to practitioner 4 preparation program admission candidates. Rules adopted shall 5 require institutions to deny admission to the program to any 6 candidate who does not successfully pass the test. 7 (2) Administer, prior to a student’s completion of the 8 practitioner preparation program and subject to the director’s 9 approval, subject assessments designed by a nationally 10 recognized testing service that measure pedagogy and knowledge 11 of at least one subject area; or, a valid and reliable 12 subject-area-specific, performance-based assessment for 13 preservice teacher candidates, centered on student learning. 14 A student shall not successfully complete the program unless 15 the student achieves scores above the twenty-fifth percentile 16 nationally on the assessments administered pursuant to this 17 subparagraph. 18 EXPLANATION 19 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 20 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 21 This bill strikes a requirement that postsecondary 22 institutions with an approved practitioner preparation program 23 administer a subject or performance-based assessment to a 24 student prior to the student’s completion of the program, and 25 concomitantly strikes the requirement that a student achieve a 26 score above the 25th percentile nationally on the assessment. 27 -1- LSB 5104YH (3) 87 kh/rj 1/ 1