House File 43 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to subject and performance-based assessments
2administered prior to a student’s completion of a
3practitioner preparation program, and including effective
4date and retroactive applicability provisions.
1   Section 1.  Section 256.16, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code
22019, is amended to read as follows:
   3a.  (1)  Administer a preprofessional skills test offered
4by a nationally recognized testing service to practitioner
5preparation program admission candidates. Rules adopted shall
6require institutions to deny admission to the program to any
7candidate who does not successfully pass the test.
   8(2)  Administer, prior to a student’s completion of the
9practitioner preparation program and subject to the director’s
10approval, subject assessments designed by a nationally
11recognized testing service that measure pedagogy and knowledge
12of at least one subject area; or, a valid and reliable
13subject-area-specific, performance-based assessment for
14preservice teacher candidates, centered on student learning.
15A student shall not successfully complete the program unless
16the student achieves scores above the twenty-fifth percentile
17nationally on the assessments administered pursuant to this
19   Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of immediate
20importance, takes effect upon enactment.
21   Sec. 3.  RETROACTIVE APPLICABILITY.  This Act applies
22retroactively to July 1, 2012, for individuals who completed
23the course requirements for an approved practitioner
24preparation program but attained an assessment score below that
25required for successful completion of the program under section
26256.16, subsection 1, paragraph “a”, subparagraph (2), Code
272019. Such an individual shall be deemed to have successfully
28completed the practitioner preparation program for purposes
29of section 256.16 and is eligible to submit an application
30for an initial license to the board of educational examiners,
31which may issue the initial license for a period of time at its
34The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
35the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   1This bill strikes a requirement that postsecondary
2institutions with an approved practitioner preparation program
3administer a subject or performance-based assessment to a
4student prior to the student’s completion of the program, and
5concomitantly strikes the requirement that a student achieve a
6score above the 25th percentile nationally on the assessment in
7order to successfully complete the program.
   8The bill takes effect upon enactment and applies
9retroactively to July 1, 2012, for individuals who completed
10the practitioner preparation program course requirements
11but failed to achieve the assessment scores necessary to
12successfully complete the program. Such individuals shall
13be deemed to have successfully completed the practitioner
14preparation program and are eligible to submit an application
15for an initial license to the board of educational examiners,
16which may issue an initial license to such individuals for a
17period of time at its discretion.