House File 161 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 161 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, and including effective 3 date and retroactive applicability provisions. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 1949YH (3) 88 kh/jh
H.F. 161 Section 1. Section 256.16, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code 1 2019, 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 Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act, being deemed of immediate 19 importance, takes effect upon enactment. 20 Sec. 3. RETROACTIVE APPLICABILITY. This Act applies 21 retroactively to July 1, 2012, for individuals who completed 22 the course requirements for an approved practitioner 23 preparation program but attained an assessment score below that 24 required for successful completion of the program under section 25 256.16, subsection 1, paragraph “a”, subparagraph (2), Code 26 2019. Such an individual shall be deemed to have successfully 27 completed the practitioner preparation program for purposes 28 of section 256.16 and is eligible to submit an application 29 for an initial license to the board of educational examiners, 30 which may issue the initial license for a period of time at its 31 discretion. 32 EXPLANATION 33 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 34 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 35 -1- LSB 1949YH (3) 88 kh/jh 1/ 2
H.F. 161 This bill strikes a requirement that postsecondary 1 institutions with an approved practitioner preparation program 2 administer a subject or performance-based assessment to a 3 student prior to the student’s completion of the program, and 4 concomitantly strikes the requirement that a student achieve a 5 score above the 25th percentile nationally on the assessment. 6 The bill takes effect upon enactment and applies 7 retroactively to July 1, 2012, to provide that individuals who 8 on or after that date completed course requirements for an 9 approved practitioner preparation program, but did not attain 10 the assessment score necessary to successfully complete the 11 program, shall be deemed to have successfully completed the 12 program. 13 -2- LSB 1949YH (3) 88 kh/jh 2/ 2