Senate Bill #866 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS - TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW TEACHERS

Establishes testing requirements for initial certification of new teachers on or after July 1, 2021.

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  • 2019 – S 0866
  • 2019 – S 0866 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS - TESTING
  • REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW TEACHERS
  • Introduced By: Senators Sheehan, Quezada, Seveney, DiPalma, and Felag
  • Date Introduced: May 08, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Education
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 16-11 of the GeneralLaws entitled "Certification of Teachers [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 16-11-9. Testing requirements for new teachers.
  • (a) The provisions of this section shall apply to all persons applying for his or her first educator certificate, on and after July 1, 2021.
  • (a) The provisions of this section shall apply to all persons applying for his or her first educator certificate on and after July 1, 2021.
  • (b) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education shall have authority to grant, upon application, initial educator certificates to persons who have satisfied the requirements for such certificates as established by the council on elementary and secondary education (the "council"). The council shall define the knowledge of subject matter and demonstration of competencies commensurate with attainment and renewalof such certificates.
  • (c) To be eligible for initial licensure and certification as an educator, the candidate shall:
  • (1) Hold a bachelor's degree in arts or sciences from an accredited college or university, with a major course in the arts or sciences appropriate to the instructionalfield;
  • (2) Pass a test established by the council, which shall include, but is not limited to, three (3) parts:
  • (i) A writing section, which shall demonstrate that the candidate can communicate effectively with students, parents, and other educators;
  • (ii) A content section, which shall demonstrate that the candidate is knowledgeable in the subject matter of the certificate sought;
  • (iii) A pedagogical section, which shall demonstrate that the candidate understands theories and methods of instruction to support student academic and non-academic development, instructional strategies to promote student development of particular skills, how to adjust instruction techniques based on ongoing assessments, and strategies to select and use meaningful materials at appropriate levels of difficulty for all students; and
  • (3) Be of sound moralcharacter.
  • (d) Candidates who complete the requirements in this section shall be issued initial educator certificates, which shall permit them to seek employment in teaching positions requiring instructional certification in schools within this state.
  • (e) The tests required by subsection (c) of this section shall, to the greatest extent possible, be modeled after the Massachusetts tests for educator licensure, or any similar test as may be adopted in Massachusetts.
  • (f) Teachers licensed subsequent to the successful passing of the test required by subsection (c) of this section shall still be subject to the graduated licensing requirements in place for all teachers including, but not limited to, professional licensure, as applicable to teachers licensed prior to July 1, 2021.
  • (1) Hold a bachelor's degree in arts or sciences from an accredited college or university, with a major course in the arts or sciences appropriate to the instructionalfield; and
  • (2) Demonstrate the content knowledge and classroom management skills necessaryto be an effective educator using a collection of indicators, which may include, but need not be limited to:
  • (i) Score on a test established by the council, which shall include, but is not limited to, three (3) parts:
  • (A) A writing section, which shall demonstrate that the candidate can communicate effectively with students, parents, and other educators;
  • (B) A content section, which shalldemonstrate that the candidate is knowledgeable in the subject matter of the certificate sought; and
  • (C) A pedagogical section, which shall demonstrate that the candidate understands theories and methods of instruction to support student academic and non-academic development, instructional strategies to promote student development of particular skills, how to adjust instruction techniques based on ongoing assessments, and strategies to select and use meaningful materials at appropriate levels of difficulty for all students.
  • (ii) Performance in a classroom setting through a teaching practicum, student teaching program, internship, or substantially similar experience that involves the supervised, practical application of instructional theory and content knowledge to the classroom;
  • (iii) Additional assessments the councilmay prescribe; or
  • (iv) Any combination of subsections (c)(2)(i), (ii), and (iii) of this section.
  • (d) No person shall be barred from certification under this section and chapter solely because of the person's score on any standardized teacher's test established by the council.
  • (e) Candidates who complete the requirements in this section shall be issued initial educator certificates, which shall permit them to seek employment in teaching positions requiring instructional certification in schools within this state.
  • (f) Teachers licensed pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shallstillbe subject to the graduated licensing requirements in place for all teachers including, but not limited to, professional licensure, as applicable to teachers licensed prior to July 1, 2021.
  • (g) The commissioner is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS - TESTING
  • REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW TEACHERS
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  • This act would establish testing requirements for initial certification of new teachers on or after July 1, 2021.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002558 ========
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