April 8, 2013





ENGROSSED

SENATE BILL No. 409

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DIGEST OF SB 409 (Updated April 5, 2013 9:18 am - DI 116)



Citations Affected: IC 2-5; IC 20-28.

Synopsis: Teacher preparation programs. Establishes the commission on education legislative study committee. Requires the department of education (department) to develop, and the state board of education (state board) to adopt as rules, standards and benchmarks of performance for teacher education schools, departments, and programs (teacher preparation programs), and individuals that complete teacher preparation programs. Sets forth certain benchmarks and reporting requirements for teacher preparation programs. Requires the department and state board to develop a rating system for teacher preparation programs.

Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2013.





Banks, Kruse, Yoder, Rogers
(HOUSE SPONSOR _ BEHNING)




    January 10, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.
    February 21, 2013, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
    February 25, 2013, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
    February 26, 2013, engrossed. Read third time, passed. Yeas 39, nays 11.

HOUSE ACTION

    March 4, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
    April 8, 2013, amended, reported _ Do Pass.






April 8, 2013

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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ENGROSSED

SENATE BILL No. 409



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 2-5-36; (13)ES0409.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 2-5-36 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]:
     Chapter 36. Commission on Education Study Committee
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter "commission" refers to the commission on education established by section 2 of this chapter.
    Sec. 2. The commission on education is established to study and evaluate the following issues:
        (1) Methods for accurately evaluating teacher preparation programs:
            (A) using data regarding individuals who obtain teaching positions within and outside Indiana; and
            (B) using an individual's grade point average.
        (2) The use of teacher evaluations for measuring teacher preparation programs.
        (3) The financial costs for students pursuing postsecondary education, including but not limited to workplace

certifications, associate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees. The commission shall identify opportunities, methods, and strategies to increase the affordability of such programs in Indiana.
        (4) On time degree completion rates for public and nonpublic Indiana colleges and universities. For purposes of this section, completing a degree "on time" means completing the degree within four (4) academic years for a baccalaureate degree or within two (2) academic years for an associate degree. The commission shall identify opportunities, methods, and strategies to increase the percentage of students in Indiana who complete a degree on time.
        (5) Any other issue assigned to the commission by the legislative council.
    Sec. 3. (a) The commission consists of the following voting members:
        (1) The members of the senate education and career development committee.
        (2) The members of the house of representatives education committee.
    (b) The chairperson of the senate education and career development committee and the chairperson of the house of representatives education committee shall serve as co-chairpersons of the commission.
    Sec. 4. The commission shall annually submit the commission's final report to the legislative council in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6 not later than December 1.
    Sec. 5. The affirmative votes of a majority of the voting members of the commission are required for the commission to take action on any measure, including final reports.
    Sec. 6. Each member of the commission who is a member of the general assembly is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid to legislative members of interim study committees established by the legislative council. Per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid under this section shall be paid from appropriations made to the legislative council or the legislative services agency.
    Sec. 7. The commission shall operate under the policies governing study committees adopted by the legislative council.
    Sec. 8. The legislative services agency shall staff the commission.
    Sec. 9. This chapter expires January 1, 2015.

SOURCE: IC 20-28-3-1; (13)ES0409.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-28-3-1, AS ADDED BY P.L.246-2005,

SECTION 147, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 1. (a) As used in this section, "teacher preparation program" includes, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) A teacher education school or department.
        (2) A transition to teaching program under IC 20-28-4.
    (b)
The department shall:
        (1) arrange a statewide system of professional instruction for teacher education;
        (2) accredit and inspect teacher education schools and departments preparation programs that comply with the rules of the department;
        (3) recommend and approve courses for the education of approve content area licensure programs for particular kinds of teachers in accredited schools and departments; teacher preparation programs; and
        (4) specify the types of licenses for graduates individuals who complete programs of approved courses.
    (c) The department shall work with teacher education schools and departments preparation programs to develop a system of teacher education that ensures individuals who graduate from the schools and departments teacher preparation programs are able to meet the highest professional standards.
    (d) The department shall establish standards for the continuous improvement of program processes and the performance of individuals who complete teacher preparation programs. The state board shall adopt rules containing the standards not later than two hundred seventy (270) days after the department finishes the standards.
    (e) The standards established under subsection (d) must include benchmarks for performance, including at least the following:
        (1) Test score data for each teacher preparation entity on content area licensure tests and test score data for each teacher preparation entity on pedagogy licensure tests.
        (2) The maximum number of times each individual who completes a teacher preparation program takes each licensing test before receiving a passing score.
    (f) Each teacher education preparation program shall annually report the program's performance on the standards and benchmarks established under this section to the department. The department shall make the information reported under this subsection available to the public on the department's Internet

website. In addition to reporting performance, each teacher education school and department must report the following information:
        (1) The attrition, retention, and completion rates of candidates.
        (2) Average raw scores of individuals who complete teacher preparation programs on basic skills, content area, and pedagogy licensure examinations.
        (3) The maximum number of times each individual who completes a teacher preparation program takes each licensing test before receiving a passing score.
        (4) The percentage of individuals who complete teacher preparation programs who obtain:
            (A) full-time; and
            (B) part-time;
        teaching positions.
        (5) The name of the employer of each individual who completes a teacher preparation program and who obtains a full-time or part-time teaching position.

     (g) Not later than July 30, 2016, the department, in conjunction with the state board, shall establish a rating system for teacher preparation programs based on the performance of the programs as demonstrated by the data collected under subsection (f) for the three (3) most recent years. The department shall make the ratings available to the public on the department's Internet website.

SOURCE: IC 20-28-11.5-9; (13)ES0409.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-28-11.5-9, AS AMENDED BY P.L.6-2012, SECTION 138, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 9. (a) Before August 1 of each year, each school corporation shall provide the disaggregated results of the staff performance evaluations by teacher identification numbers including the number of certificated employees placed in each performance category, to the department. The results provided may not include the names of or any other personally identifiable information regarding certificated employees.
    (b) Before September 1 of each year, the department shall report the results of staff performance evaluations in the aggregate to the state board, and to the public via the department's Internet web site, for:
        (1) the aggregate of certificated employees of each school and school corporation; and
        (2) the aggregate of graduates of each teacher preparation program in Indiana.
SOURCE: ; (13)ES0409.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. An emergency is declared for this act.