Florida Senate - 2013 SB 1238 By Senator Brandes 22-00824-13 20131238__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to educator preparation; amending s. 3 1004.04, F.S.; revising the rules in establishing 4 uniform core curricula for a teacher preparation 5 program to include instruction in the state standards 6 adopted by the State Board of Education; requiring 7 departments and colleges of education to emphasize the 8 state system of school improvement and education 9 accountability concepts and standards, including state 10 standards adopted by the State Board of Education, 11 rather than the Sunshine State Standards; requiring 12 state-approved teacher preparation programs to 13 incorporate instruction in the state standards adopted 14 by the State Board of Education; amending s. 1012.56, 15 F.S.; revising the acceptable means of demonstrating 16 mastery of professional preparation and education 17 competence to include successful completion of a 18 specified professional education training program and 19 the achievement of a passing score on the professional 20 education competency examination; revising criteria 21 for a temporary certificate; providing that certain 22 graduates of specified institutions take first 23 priority for vacancies in the professional preparation 24 alternative certification program; requiring the 25 Department of Education to inform institutions of 26 higher learning of the program; providing an effective 27 date. 28 29 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 30 31 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2), paragraphs (b) 32 and (c) of subsection (3), paragraph (e) of subsection (5), and 33 paragraph (c) of subsection (6) of section 1004.04, Florida 34 Statutes, are amended to read: 35 1004.04 Public accountability and state approval for 36 teacher preparation programs.— 37 (2) UNIFORM CORE CURRICULA.— 38 (b) The rules to establish uniform core curricula for each 39 state-approved teacher preparation program must include, but are 40 not limited to, a State Board of Education identified foundation 41 in scientifically researched, knowledge-based reading literacy 42 and computational skills acquisition; classroom management; 43 school safety; professional ethics; educational law; human 44 development and learning; instruction in the state standards 45 adopted by the State Board of Education; and understanding of 46 the
Sunshinestate standards content measured by state 47 achievement tests, reading and interpretation of data, and use 48 of data to improve student achievement. 49 (3) DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS.—A system 50 developed by the Department of Education in collaboration with 51 postsecondary educational institutions shall assist departments 52 and colleges of education in the restructuring of their programs 53 in accordance with this section to meet the need for producing 54 quality teachers now and in the future. 55 (b) Departments and colleges of education shall emphasize 56 the state system of school improvement and education 57 accountability concepts and standards, including Sunshinestate 58 standards adopted by the State Board of Education. 59 (c) State-approved teacher preparation programs must 60 incorporate: 61 1. Appropriate English for Speakers of Other Languages 62 instruction so that program graduates will have completed the 63 requirements for teaching limited English proficient students in 64 Florida public schools. 65 2. Scientifically researched, knowledge-based reading 66 literacy and computational skills instruction so that program 67 graduates will be able to provide the necessary academic 68 foundations for their students at whatever grade levels they 69 choose to teach. 70 3. Instruction in the state standards adopted by the State 71 Board of Education. 72 (5) CONTINUED PROGRAM APPROVAL.—Notwithstanding subsection 73 (4), failure by a public or nonpublic teacher preparation 74 program to meet the criteria for continued program approval 75 shall result in loss of program approval. The Department of 76 Education, in collaboration with the departments and colleges of 77 education, shall develop procedures for continued program 78 approval that document the continuous improvement of program 79 processes and graduates’ performance. 80 (e) Continued approval of teacher preparation programs is 81 contingent upon compliance with the student admission 82 requirements of subsection (4) and upon the receipt of at least 83 a satisfactory rating from public schools and private schools 84 that employ graduates of the program. Each teacher preparation 85 program must shallguarantee the high quality of its graduates 86 during the first 2 years immediately following graduation from 87 the program or following initial certification, whichever occurs 88 first. Any educator in a Florida school who fails to demonstrate 89 the essential skills specified in subparagraphs 1.-5. shall be 90 provided additional training by the teacher preparation program 91 at no expense to the educator or the employer. Such training 92 must consist of an individualized plan agreed upon by the school 93 district and the postsecondary educational institution that 94 includes specific learning outcomes. The postsecondary 95 educational institution assumes no responsibility for the 96 educator’s employment contract with the employer. Employer 97 satisfaction shall be determined by an annually administered 98 survey instrument approved by the Department of Education that, 99 at a minimum, must include employer satisfaction of the 100 graduates’ ability to do the following: 101 1. Write and speak in a logical and understandable style 102 with appropriate grammar. 103 2. Recognize signs of students’ difficulty with the reading 104 and computational process and apply appropriate measures to 105 improve students’ reading and computational performance. 106 3. Use and integrate appropriate technology in teaching and 107 learning processes. 108 4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Sunshine109 state standards. 110 5. Maintain an orderly and disciplined classroom conducive 111 to student learning. 112 (6) PRESERVICE FIELD EXPERIENCE.—All postsecondary 113 instructors, school district personnel and instructional 114 personnel, and school sites preparing instructional personnel 115 through preservice field experience courses and internships 116 shall meet special requirements. District school boards are 117 authorized to pay student teachers during their internships. 118 (c) Preservice field experience programs must provide 119 specific guidance and demonstration of effective classroom 120 management strategies, strategies for incorporating technology 121 into classroom instruction, strategies for incorporating 122 scientifically researched, knowledge-based reading literacy and 123 computational skills acquisition into classroom instruction, and 124 ways to link instructional plans to the Sunshinestate 125 standards, as appropriate. The length of structured field 126 experiences may be extended to ensure that candidates achieve 127 the competencies needed to meet certification requirements. 128 Section 2. Subsections (6) through (8) of section 1012.56, 129 Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 130 1012.56 Educator certification requirements.— 131 (6) MASTERY OF PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION AND EDUCATION 132 COMPETENCE.—Acceptable means of demonstrating mastery of 133 professional preparation and education competence are: 134 (a) Completion of an approved teacher preparation program 135 at a postsecondary educational institution within this state and 136 achievement of a passing score on the professional education 137 competency examination required by state board rule; 138 (b) Completion of a teacher preparation program at a 139 postsecondary educational institution outside Florida and 140 achievement of a passing score on the professional education 141 competency examination required by state board rule; 142 (c) A valid professional standard teaching certificate 143 issued by another state; 144 (d) A valid certificate issued by the National Board for 145 Professional Teaching Standards or a national educator 146 credentialing board approved by the State Board of Education; 147 (e) Documentation of two semesters of successful teaching 148 in a Florida College System institution, state university, or 149 private college or university that awards an associate or higher 150 degree and is an accredited institution or an institution of 151 higher education identified by the Department of Education as 152 having a quality program; 153 (f) Completion of professional preparation courses as 154 specified in state board rule, successful completion of a 155 professional education competence demonstration program pursuant 156 to paragraph (8)(b), and achievement of a passing score on the 157 professional education competency examination required by state 158 board rule; 159 (g) Successful completion of a professional preparation 160 alternative certification and education competency program, 161 outlined in paragraph (8)(a); or162 (h) Successful completion of an alternative certification 163 program pursuant to s. 1004.85 and achievement of a passing 164 score on the professional education competency examination 165 required by state board rule; or of the State Board of Education166 (i) Successful completion of a professional education 167 training program provided by Teach For America and achievement 168 of a passing score on the professional education competency 169 examination required by state board rule. 170 (7) TYPES AND TERMS OF CERTIFICATION.— 171 (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional 172 certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant 173 who meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2). 174 (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to 175 any applicant who completes the requirements outlined in 176 paragraphs (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content 177 requirements specified in state board rule or demonstrates 178 mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and 179 holds an accredited degree or a degree approved by the 180 Department of Education at the level required for the subject 181 area specialization in state board rule. 182 (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year 183 temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional 184 certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s 185 degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for 186 completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language 187 impairment. 188 (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a)-(c), a 189 person who has graduated within the previous 2 calendar years 190 with a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited 191 institution of higher learning or an unaccredited institution 192 that the Department of Education has identified as having a 193 quality program resulting in a baccalaureate or higher degree; 194 who has graduated with a minimum overall grade point average of 195 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; and who is a candidate in the alternative 196 certification and education competency program as described in 197 subsection (8) for a 5-year period, is not required to satisfy 198 the testing and examination requirements of s. 1012.56(3) and 199 (5). However, a candidate must meet initial certification 200 requirements in paragraphs (2)(a)-(f). 201 202 Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years 203 and is nonrenewable. A person who qualifies under paragraph (d) 204 shall receive a temporary certificate that is valid for 5 school 205 fiscal years. However, the requirement in paragraph (2)(g) must 206 be met within 1 calendar year of the date of employment under 207 the temporary certificate. Individuals who are employed under 208 contract at the end of the 1 calendar year time period may 209 continue to be employed through the end of the school year in 210 which they have been contracted. A school district shall not 211 employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a 212 position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond 213 this time period if the individual has not met the requirement 214 of paragraph (2)(g). The State Board of Education shall adopt 215 rules to allow the department to extend the validity period of a 216 temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the 217 professional certificate, not including the requirement in 218 paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness 219 or injury of the applicant or other extraordinary extenuating 220 circumstances. The department shall reissue the temporary 221 certificate for 2 additional years upon approval by the 222 Commissioner of Education. A written request for reissuance of 223 the certificate shall be submitted by the district school 224 superintendent, the governing authority of a university lab 225 school, the governing authority of a state-supported school, or 226 the governing authority of a private school. 227 (8) PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION AND 228 EDUCATION COMPETENCY PROGRAM.—In order to recruit recent 229 graduates of an accredited institution of higher learning or an 230 unaccredited institution that the Department of Education has 231 identified as having a quality program resulting in a 232 baccalaureate or higher degree, qualified graduates of such 233 institutions take first priority for vacancies in the 234 professional preparation alternative certification program 235 described in paragraphs (a)-(c). 236 (a) The Department of Education shall develop and each 237 school district must provide a cohesive competency-based 238 professional preparation alternative certification program by 239 which members of a school district’s instructional staff or 240 individuals who have graduated within the prior 2 calendar years 241 with a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited 242 institution of higher learning or an unaccredited institution 243 that the Department of Education has identified as having a 244 quality program resulting in a baccalaureate or higher degree, 245 with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 246 scale, may satisfy the mastery of professional preparation and 247 education competence requirements specified in this subsection 248 and rules of the State Board of Education. Participants must 249 hold a state-issued temporary certificate. A school district 250 shall provide a competency-based alternative certification 251 preparation program developed by the Department of Education or 252 developed by the district and approved by the Department of 253 Education. The program must shallinclude the following 254 components: 255 1. A minimum period of initial preparation before prior to256 assuming duties as the teacher of record. 257 2. An option for collaboration between school districts and 258 other supporting agencies for implementation. 259 3. Experienced peer mentors. 260 4. An assessment that provides for: 261 a. An initial evaluation of each educator’s competencies to 262 determine an appropriate individualized professional development 263 plan. 264 b. A postevaluation to assure successful completion of the 265 program. 266 5. Professional education preparation content knowledge 267 that includes, but is not limited to, the following: 268 a. Requirements specified in state board rule for 269 professional preparation. 270 b. The educator-accomplished practices approved by the 271 state board. 272 c. A variety of data indicators for student progress. 273 d. Methodologies, including technology-based methodologies, 274 for teaching subject content that supports the Sunshine State 275 Standards for students. 276 e. Techniques for effective classroom management. 277 f. Techniques and strategies for operationalizing the role 278 of the teacher in assuring a safe learning environment for 279 students. 280 g. Methodologies for assuring the ability of all students 281 to read, write, and compute. 282 6. Required achievement of passing scores on the 283 professional education competency examination required by state 284 board rule. 285 (b) Each school district must and a state-supported state286 supportedpublic school or a private school may develop and 287 maintain a system by which members of the instructional staff 288 may demonstrate mastery of professional education competence as 289 required by law. Each program must be based on classroom 290 application and instructional performance and must include a 291 performance evaluation plan for documenting the demonstration of 292 required professional education competence. 293 (c) The Department of Education shall inform each public 294 and private institution of higher learning of the professional 295 preparation alternative certification program and of any changes 296 to the state board rules which impact this program. 297 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.