Bill Text For HB1576 - Committee Substitute

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 2|             1st Session of the 56th Legislature (2017)                |
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 4|HOUSE BILL NO. 1576                  By: Caldwell                      |
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 7|                        COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                           |
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 8|       An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011,              |
  |       Section 6-186, as amended by Section 12, Chapter 124,           |
 9|       O.S.L. 2014 (70 O.S. Supp. 2016, Section 6-186),                |
  |       which relates to criteria for approval and                      |
10|       accreditation of teacher education programs;                    |
  |       requiring Commission for Educational Quality and                |
11|       Accountability to adopt rules relating to digital               |
  |       technologies for program accreditation by certain               |
12|       date; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-192, as                  |
  |       amended by Section 18, Chapter 124, O.S.L. 2014 (70             |
13|       O.S. Supp. 2016, Section 6-192), which relates to               |
  |       professional development procedures for teachers;               |
14|       requiring procedures to include digital teaching and            |
  |       learning standards; providing an effective date; and            |
15|       declaring an emergency.                                         |
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18|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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19|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-186, as      |
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20|amended by Section 12, Chapter 124, O.S.L. 2014 (70 O.S. Supp. 2016,   |
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21|Section 6-186), is amended to read as follows:                         |
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22|    Section 6-186.  A.  Criteria for the approval and accreditation    |
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23|of teacher education programs in Oklahoma institutions of higher       |
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 1|education shall include, but not be limited to, substantial evidence   |
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 2|that persons who enter teacher education programs demonstrate:         |
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 3|    1.  Competency in the oral and written use of the English          |
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 4|language;                                                              |
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 5|    2.  A minimum grade point average as established by the Oklahoma   |
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 6|Commission for Teacher Preparation Commission for Educational          |
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 7|Quality and Accountability; and                                        |
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 8|    3.  The ability to meet criteria established pursuant to the       |
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 9|Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act at the completion of the teacher      |
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10|education program and provide evidence of having worked with           |
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11|children or youth in a variety of situations.                          |
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12|    Criteria shall also include a greater emphasis upon field work     |
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13|in accredited schools by prospective teachers under the supervision    |
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14|of higher education faculty.                                           |
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15|    B.  The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation Commission     |
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16|for Educational Quality and Accountability shall work with the         |
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17|Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the various            |
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18|institutions of higher education in developing guidelines for a paid   |
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19|teacher internship program which may be offered at each institution    |
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20|for prospective teachers.  The purpose of each program shall be to     |
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21|provide mentorship and support for prospective teachers.  Students     |
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22|enrolled in a teacher education program shall be eligible to           |
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23|participate in the program.  Only students who have completed the      |
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24|minimum nonsalaried teacher internship requirement as established by   |
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 1|the institution shall be eligible to participate in the paid teacher   |
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 2|internship program.                                                    |
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 3|    C.  It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Legislature      |
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 4|that the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation Commission for    |
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 5|Educational Quality and Accountability work with the Oklahoma State    |
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 6|Regents for Higher Education and the various institutions of higher    |
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 7|education in establishing a procedure whereby full-time teacher        |
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 8|education faculty continue their professional development during       |
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 9|their tenure at an institution of higher education to ensure that      |
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10|the future teachers of this state are taught by professional           |
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11|educators fully trained in their area of expertise.  Each approved     |
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12|or accredited program of teacher education shall have a system for     |
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13|documenting and reporting the annual professional development          |
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14|activities of all teacher education faculty members.  Faculty          |
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15|professional development reports shall be reviewed by the Commission   |
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16|along with professional development activities as a normal part of     |
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17|the accreditation process.                                             |
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18|    It is further declared to be the intent of the Legislature that    |
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19|such professional development plans provide alternative means of       |
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20|education including, but not limited to:                               |
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21|    1.  Professional development programs;                             |
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22|    2.  Higher education courses;                                      |
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23|    3.  Exchange programs with public school classroom teachers,       |
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24|administrators, and other school personnel; and                        |
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 1|    4.  Programs whereby all full-time teacher education faculty       |
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 2|members directly involved in the teacher education process,            |
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 3|including all administrators of the teacher education program, are     |
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 4|required to serve in a state accredited public school for at least     |
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 5|ten (10) clock hours per school year in responsibilities related to    |
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 6|their respective teacher education teaching fields.                    |
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 7|    All public school systems shall participate in the programs        |
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 8|provided for in this subsection when needed.                           |
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 9|    D.  The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation Commission     |
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10|for Educational Quality and Accountability shall adopt rules           |
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11|requiring specific improvements to strengthen the screening of         |
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12|student applicants and field activity and placement as set out in      |
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13|subsection A of this section.  Such rules shall be reviewed and        |
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14|amended or readopted by the Commission at least once every five (5)    |
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15|years.                                                                 |
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16|    E.  To assist the Commission in setting specific requirements as   |
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17|set out in subsections A and D of this section, the Commission shall   |
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18|annually prepare a statistical report showing the percentage of        |
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19|students from each of the Oklahoma institutions of higher education    |
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20|who have successfully completed or who have failed the competency      |
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21|examination for certification.  The annual report shall show the       |
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22|percentages for each institution of higher education and each          |
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23|assessment area separately by student degree status and shall be       |
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24|distributed annually to each member of the Oklahoma Commission for     |
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 1|Teacher Preparation Commission for Educational Quality and             |
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 2|Accountability, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the   |
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 3|governing board of each institution which has an approved or state     |
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 4|accredited teacher education program, the State Board of Education,    |
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 5|the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the             |
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 6|Legislature.                                                           |
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 7|    F.  By November 1, 2017, the Commission shall adopt rules          |
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 8|requiring coursework or training in the use of digital and other       |
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 9|instructional technologies as a requisite for program accreditation.   |
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10|    SECTION 2.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-192, as      |
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11|amended by Section 18, Chapter 124, O.S.L. 2014 (70 O.S. Supp. 2016,   |
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12|Section 6-192), is amended to read as follows:                         |
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13|    Section 6-192.  A.  It is hereby declared to be the intent of      |
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14|the Legislature to establish a professional development procedure      |
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15|whereby all teachers in the state continue their education beyond      |
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16|initial certification by the state to ensure that the children of      |
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17|the state are taught by professional educators, fully prepared in      |
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18|their areas of expertise.  Furthermore, such professional              |
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19|development procedure shall provide alternative means of education,    |
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20|including one or more of the following:  In-service programs, higher   |
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21|education courses, or other alternative means of education designed    |
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22|to help teachers enrich their professional abilities.                  |
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 1|    B.  The professional development procedure shall include digital   |
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 2|teaching and learning standards to enhance content delivery to         |
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 3|students and improve student achievement.                              |
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 4|    SECTION 3.  This act shall become effective July 1, 2017.          |
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 5|    SECTION 4.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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 6|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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 7|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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 8|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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10|    56-1-6879      AM     02/14/17                                     |
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