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HOUSE BILL NO. 399 – Teacher/elementry/assessmnt measure


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H0399........................................................by MR. SPEAKER
                     Requested by: Board of Education
TEACHERS - ELEMENTARY - Amends existing law to provide that by September
2002 all kindergarten through grade eight teacher candidates from an Idaho
teacher preparation program shall pass the State Board of Education's
preservice assessment measure in order to qualify for an Idaho standard
elementary teaching certificate.
01/07    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
    Rpt prt - to Educ
02/05    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/06    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/11    3rd rdg - PASSED - 67-0-3
      AYES -- Aikele, Barraclough, Barrett, Bedke, Bell, Bieter, Black,
      Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Clark,
      Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellis, Ellsworth, Eskridge,
      Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Harwood,
      Henbest, Higgins, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kendell, Kunz,
      Lake, Langford, Loertscher, Mader, Martinez, McKague, Montgomery,
      Mortensen, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Raybould, Roberts,
      Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith(33), Smith(23),
      Smylie, Stone, Tilman, Trail, Wheeler, Wood, Young, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Meyer, Ridinger, Stevenson
    Floor Sponsor - Higgins
    Title apvd - to Senate
02/12    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
02/21    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/22    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/28    3rd rdg - PASSED - 30-1-4
      AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Goedde, Hill, Ingram, Ipsen,
      Keough, King-Barrutia, Little, Lodge, Noh, Richardson, Risch, Sandy,
      Schroeder, Sims, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler,
      NAYS -- Marley
      Absent and excused -- Branch(Bartlett), Frasure, Geddes, Hawkins
    Floor Sponsor - Goedde
    Title apvd - to House
03/01    To enrol
03/04    Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/05    Pres signed
03/06    To Governor
03/11    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 71
         Effective: 07/01/02

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2002
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                     HOUSE BILL NO. 399
                                       BY MR. SPEAKER
                              Requested by: Board of Education
  1                                        AN ACT
  8    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  9        SECTION  1.  That Section 33-1207A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
 10    amended to read as follows:
 11        33-1207A.  TEACHER PREPARATION. (1)  Higher  Education  Institutions.  The
 12    state  board  shall review teacher preparation programs at the institutions of
 13    higher education under their supervision and  shall  assure  that  the  course
 14    offerings  and  graduation  requirements  are  consistent with the state board
 15    approved, research based "Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Plan."  To  assure  the
 16    most immediate compliance with this requirement, the board may allocate funds,
 17    subject  to  appropriation, to institutions which require revision of the pro-
 18    gram.
 19        The state board shall be responsible  for  the  development  of  a  single
 20    preservice  assessment  measure  for  all kindergarten through grade eight (8)
 21    teacher preparation programs. The assessment must include a  demonstration  of
 22    teaching  skills and knowledge congruent with current research on best reading
 23    practices. In addition the assessment must include how children  acquire  lan-
 24    guage;  the  basic  sound  structure  of  English,  including phonological and
 25    phonemic awareness; phonics and structural analysis; semantics and syntactics;
 26    how to select reading textbooks; and how to use diagnostic tools and test data
 27    to improve teaching. It shall also include the preservice teacher's  knowledge
 28    base  of  reading process: phonological awareness; sound-symbol correspondence
 29    (intensive, systematic phonemes); semantics  (meaning);  syntax  (grammar  and
 30    language patterns); pragmatics (background knowledge and life experience); and
 31    comprehension and critical thinking. By September 2002, all K-8 teacher candi-
 32    dates  shall pass this assessment as part of the graduation requirements  from
 33    an Idaho teacher preparation program shall pass this assessment  in  order  to
 34    qualify for an Idaho standard elementary teaching certificate. The state board
 35    shall  report  the  number  of  preservice  teachers  taking  and  passing the
 36    performance-based reading assessment to the legislature and governor annually.
 37    All costs associated with administration of this test shall be  borne  by  the
 38    institution  which  administers  the test and shall be shown as a line item in
 39    the appropriation request of the institution for state reimbursement.
 40        (2)  In-service Programs. Each teacher employed in a classroom for kinder-
 41    garten through grade eight (8), Title I, or special education and each  school
 42    administrator of a school which includes kindergarten through grade eight (8),
 43    Title  I, or special education shall complete three (3) credits (or forty-five
  1    (45) contact hours  of  in-service  training)  of  a  state  approved  reading
  2    instruction  course  titled "Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course" based on the
  3    state approved research based "Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Plan" in order  to
  4    recertify.  Courses  which  qualify  for credit shall be approved by the state
  5    department of education, and any educator who completes a state approved read-
  6    ing instruction course prior to September 2001, shall be deemed  to  have  met
  7    the  requirements  of this subsection. Completion of a state approved  reading
  8    instruction course shall be a one-time requirement for renewal  of  certifica-
  9    tion  for  those  currently  employed in an Idaho school district and shall be
 10    included within current requirements for continuing education for renewal. The
 11    department shall provide a waiver of this requirement if  the  applicant  suc-
 12    cessfully  completes  the  reading assessment measure developed for preservice
 13    purposes as provided in subsection (1) of this section. The  department  shall
 14    establish  a  procedure to allow a waiver of this requirement if the applicant
 15    teaches in a secondary grade subject which does not directly involve  teaching
 16    reading or writing.
 17        The  board  of trustees of every school district shall include in its plan
 18    for in-service  training,  coursework  covering  reading  skills  development,
 19    including  diagnostic tools to review and adjust instruction continuously, and
 20    the ability to identify students who need special help in  reading.  The  dis-
 21    trict plan for in-service training in reading skills shall be submitted to the
 22    state  department  of education for review and approval, in a format specified
 23    by the department.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 11461

     This bill provides clarity to law established as part of the 
Idaho Reading Initiative. Current law (Idaho Code 33-1207A) provides 
that the state board of education shall develop a preservice assessment
measure on best reading practices for all kindergarten through grade 
eight teacher preparation programs. The law then goes on to require 
that all new teacher candidates must pass the assessment. This bill
would clarify that only K-8 teacher candidates must pass the assessment.  
     Additionally, passage of this assessment in current law is tied 
to graduation from an Idaho teacher preparation program. 
It is possible that there are postsecondary students in teacher 
education programs who will not pass the assessment, and then will 
not go on to apply for teaching certification. It is not believed that
the original intent of the law was to punish these students by not 
allowing them to graduate, but rather to ensure that those individuals
who do not pass the assessment are not eligible for a teaching 
certificate. Therefore, this legislation makes passage of the 
assessment a qualification for an Idaho Standard Elementary Teaching 
Certificate rather than a requirement for graduation from a 
postsecondary teacher education program.  
                             FISCAL IMPACT

There is no fiscal impact associated with the proposed changes.  

Contact: Randi McDermott
Agency:  Office of the State Board of Education
Phone:   332-1567

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                           H 399