Senate Bill #867 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS

Establishes a procedure for the certification of provisional educators.

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  • 2019 – S 0867
  • 2019 – S 0867 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
  • Introduced By: Senators Paolino, Quezada, Pearson, DiPalma, and Gallo
  • 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. Teacher certification for specialty skills.
  • (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:
  • (1) "Board'' means the board of education.
  • (2) "Provisional educator'' means a person who holds a provisional educator certificate.
  • (3) ''Provisional educator with advanced standing'' means a person who holds a provisional educator certificate with advanced standing; said certificate shall be valid for five (5) years of employment as an educator in the schools of the state of Rhode Island and may be renewed for an additional five (5) years of employment in accordance with regulations adopted by the board.
  • (4) ''Provisional educator certificate'' means a license to teach issued to a person who has successfully met the preparation and eligibility requirements as established by the board. The provisional educator's certificate shall be valid for five (5) years of employment as an educator in the schools of the state.
  • (5) ''Provisional educator certificate with advanced standing'' means a license to teach issued to a person who has successfully met the preparation and eligibility requirements as established by the board for provisional certification and completed:
  • (1) A college program, graduate or undergraduate, which is approved by the board of education for the preparation of teachers; or
  • (2) A college preparation program included in the NationalAssociation of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC); or
  • (3) An out of state teacher education program approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); or
  • (4) Other program approved by the board.
  • (b) To be eligible for certification as a provisional 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 board which shallconsist of two (2) parts:
  • (i) A writing section which shall demonstrate the communication and literacy skills necessary for effective instruction and improved communication between schooland parents; and
  • (ii) The subject matter knowledge for the certificate; and
  • (3) Be of sound moral character.
  • Candidates who complete the requirements in this subsection shall be issued provisional educator certificates, which will permit them to seek employment in teaching positions requiring instructional certification in LEAs, which have an approved provisional educator preparation program.
  • (c) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education shall establish standards for the training, support, and supervision of provisional educators. During the period of employment, a person holding a provisional teaching certificate pursuant to this section shall be under the direct supervision of the principal or other appropriate supervisor, who shall regularly observe and evaluate the performance of assigned duties by such holder of a provisionalteaching certificate. Such evaluation shall be according to relevant, nationally recognized, professional standards for personnelevaluation.
  • (d) Each local education agency ("LEA") seeking to hire a provisional educator must submit a provisional educator program plan to the department of education. No district shall be authorized to employ a provisional educator unless it has submitted a plan for such a program and received approval from the commissioner. Each plan shall describe the key elements of the proposed provisional educator program in accordance with guidelines established and published by the department. Such guidelines shall require that provisional educators in district-based programs meet the equivalent standards that provisional educators with advanced standing meet
  • LC002563 - Page 2of 5 in approved college and university programs. Districts shall show either evidence of joint sponsorship or collaboration of training programs with:
  • (1) Colleges or universities; or
  • (2) Other districts; or
  • (3) Other programs approved by the commissioner to provide such programs.
  • (f) The department shall issue standard LEA plans, which LEAs may implement in lieu of developing original plans. The department shall coordinate the training efforts of LEAs, shall insure that LEA programs meet fair, substantive, and comprehensive professional development standards, and shall establish regional programs for provisional educators.
  • (g) To be eligible for certification as a provisional educator with advanced standing, the candidate shall provide evidence that he or she:
  • (1) Holds 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 instructional field, or the equivalent baccalaureate degree;
  • (2) Has passed a test established by the board which shallconsist of two (2) parts:
  • (i) A writing section which shall demonstrate the communication and literacy skills necessary for effective instruction and improved communication between schooland parents; and
  • (ii) The subject matter knowledge for the certificate;
  • (3) Has satisfactorily completed a board of education approved teacher preparation program; and
  • (4) Is of sound moral character.
  • A candidate who completes the requirements of this subsection shall be issued a provisional educator certificate with advanced standing, which will permit them to seek employment in a teaching position requiring instructional certification.
  • (h) Each LEA seeking to hire a provisional educator with advanced standing must submit a plan to the department of education, which details how the LEA willsupervise and support such provisional educators with advanced standing. No LEA shall be authorized to employ a provisional educator with advanced standing unless it has submitted a plan for the support and evaluation of such educator to the commissioner and received the approval of the commissioner. The department of education shall issue standard plans for provisional educators with advanced standing, which LEAs may implement in lieu of developing an original plan.
  • (i) In not less than one year after the issuance of a provisional educator certificate, the commissioner, upon receipt of a proper application, shall issue a standard educator certificate to such provisional certificate holder who has provided the commissioner with evidence, in such
  • LC002563 - Page 3of 5 manner and form as prescribed by the board, that he or she has met the preparation and eligibility requirements set by the board through a master's degree program approved by the commissioner, or through an equivalent district program for standard certification approved by the commissioner, or other equivalent programs approved by the commissioner; and has met the requirements set by the commissioner for demonstration of successfulperformance.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC002563 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • (1) "Localeducation agency" (LEA) includes all of the following within the state:
  • (i) Public school districts;
  • (ii) Regional school districts;
  • (iii) State-operated schools;
  • (iv) Regional collaborative schools; and
  • (v) Charter schools and mayoralacademies.
  • (2) "Specialty skills" means proficiency or expertise in in-demand subject matters including, but not limited to, traditional academic, career and technical, or other college or career pathway program areas, knowledge about which is obtained by an individual through education or experience, and for which Rhode Island elementary and secondary schools face difficulty finding qualified educators with the appropriate certification.
  • (b) To be eligible for certification as an educator with specialty skills, the candidate shall:
  • (1) Hold a bachelor's degree or a higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major course appropriate to the instructional field;
  • (2) Obtain a written request from the LEA that proposes to employ the individualunder a specialty skills certificate; and
  • (3) Demonstrate the content knowledge necessary to be an effective educator in the subject matter area using a collection of indicators that may include, but need not be limited to:
  • (i) Relevant work experience in the subject matter area in an amount to be determined by the council; or
  • (ii) A subject matter assessment the councilmay prescribe; or
  • (iii) A combination of subsections (b)(3)(i) and (b)(3)(ii) of this section.
  • (c) A candidate who completes the requirements in this subsection shall be issued a specialty skills certificate.
  • (d) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education (the "commissioner") shall establish standards for the training, support, and supervision of individuals with specialty skills certificates.
  • (e) Each LEA seeking to hire an individual with a specialty skills certificate must submit a plan to the department of education (the "department"), which details how the LEA will train, support, supervise, and evaluate such individuals.
  • (f) The department may issue standard LEA plans, which LEAs may implement in lieu of developing original plans. The department shall coordinate the training efforts of LEAs, and shall ensure that LEA training programs meet fair, substantive, and comprehensive professional development standards.
  • (g) A specialty skills certificate issued pursuant to this section shall be in effect for a period of up to three (3) years. During this time, the certificate holder shallsuccessfully complete the requirements to receive a full certificate, as defined by the council on elementary and secondary education.
  • (h) The department shall promulgate rules and regulations 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
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  • This act would establish a procedure for the certification of provisional educators.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002563 ========
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  • This act would establish a procedure for the certification of educators with specialty skills.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002563/SUB A ========
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