Senate File 2171 - Reprinted SENATE FILE 2171 BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (SUCCESSOR TO SF 128) (As Amended and Passed by the Senate March 1, 2018 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to subject assessment requirements for 1 successful completion of an approved practitioner 2 preparation program and providing for related matters. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 SF 2171 (3) 87 kh/rj/jh
S.F. 2171 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 3, Code 2018, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 3. Prescribe standards and procedures for the approval of 3 practitioner preparation programs and professional development 4 programs offered in this state by practitioner preparation 5 institutions located within or outside this state and by 6 area education agencies. Procedures provided for approval 7 of programs shall include procedures for enforcement of 8 the prescribed standards and , except as provided in section 9 256.16, subsection 1, paragraph “a” , subparagraph (2), 10 subparagraph division (b), shall not include a procedure for 11 the waiving of any of the standards prescribed. The board may 12 establish by rule and collect from practitioner preparation 13 institutions located outside this state an amount equivalent 14 to the department’s necessary travel and actual expenses 15 incurred while engaged in the program approval process for the 16 institution located outside this state. Amounts collected 17 under this subsection shall be deposited in the general fund 18 of the state. 19 Sec. 2. Section 256.16, subsection 1, paragraph a, 20 subparagraph (2), Code 2018, is amended to read as follows: 21 (2) (a) Administer, prior to a student’s completion of the 22 practitioner preparation program and subject to the director’s 23 approval, subject assessments designed by a nationally 24 recognized testing service that measure pedagogy and knowledge 25 of at least one subject area; or, a valid and reliable 26 subject-area-specific, performance-based assessment for 27 preservice teacher candidates, centered on student learning. 28 A student shall not successfully complete the program unless 29 the student achieves scores above the twenty-fifth percentile 30 nationally on the assessments administered pursuant to this 31 subparagraph. 32 (b) The state board shall adopt rules to provide that 33 the director shall waive the assessment requirements of 34 subparagraph division (a) for one year for a person who has 35 -1- SF 2171 (3) 87 kh/rj/jh 1/ 3
S.F. 2171 completed the course requirements for an approved practitioner 1 preparation program but attained an assessment score below 2 that required for successful completion of the program under 3 subparagraph division (a). 4 (c) The board of educational examiners shall adopt rules 5 under chapter 17A to create an initial one-year license for 6 an applicant who obtains a waiver issued by the director and 7 presents the waiver within thirty days of issuance to the 8 board in accordance with subparagraph division (b) or who 9 attended and successfully completed a practitioner preparation 10 program outside of this state and has met all other application 11 requirements with the exception of the assessment score 12 achievement requirements of subparagraph division (a). Such an 13 applicant must provide an affidavit from the administrator of 14 a school district or an accredited nonpublic school verifying 15 that an offer of a teaching contract has been made and the 16 school district or accredited nonpublic school has made every 17 reasonable and good-faith effort to employ a teacher licensed 18 under chapter 272 for the specified subject and is unable to 19 employ such a teacher. 20 Sec. 3. Section 256.16, subsection 2, Code 2018, is amended 21 to read as follows: 22 2. A person initially applying for a license shall 23 successfully complete a professional education program 24 containing the subject matter specified in this section , before 25 the initial action by the board of educational examiners takes 26 place. However, this subsection shall not apply to a person 27 who meets the requirements for an initial one-year license in 28 accordance with subsection 1, paragraph “a” , subparagraph (2), 29 subparagraph division (c). 30 Sec. 4. Section 272.2, subsection 14, paragraph b, 31 subparagraph (5), Code 2018, is amended to read as follows: 32 (5) The applicant fails to meet board standards for 33 application for an initial or renewed license. However, this 34 subparagraph shall not apply to a person who applies for an 35 -2- SF 2171 (3) 87 kh/rj/jh 2/ 3
S.F. 2171 initial one-year license and submits to the board a waiver 1 issued by the director of the department in accordance with 2 section 256.16. 3 -3- SF 2171 (3) 87 kh/rj/jh 3/ 3