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SB-7 Teacher training: underperforming educator preparation institutions.(1999-2000)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 1999–2000 1st Ext.

Senate Bill
No. 7


Introduced  by  Senator Haynes

March 11, 1999


An act to amend Section 44372 of the Education Code, relating to teacher training.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 7, as introduced, Haynes. Teacher training: underperforming educator preparation institutions.
Existing law establishes a system for the accreditation of educator preparation programs and assigns specified responsibilities to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing with respect to that system.
This bill would add to the responsibilities of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in this regard by requiring the commission to monitor the performance of graduates of the various institutions that provide educator preparation. The bill would provide that, with respect to institutions which, in the determination of the commission, have produced disproportionate numbers of graduates who have scored below the statewide median score on tests administered pursuant to existing law to applicants for teacher credentials, the commission would be authorized to take administrative action, as specified, that it would deem appropriate to effect an improvement in the performance of the graduates of that institution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 44372 of the Education Code is amended to read:

44372.
 The powers and duties of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing regarding the accreditation system shall include the following:
(a) Adopt and implement an accreditation framework, which sets forth the policies of the commission regarding the accreditation of educator preparation in California.
(b) Establish and modify credential-specific standards, experimental program standards, and alternative program standards, as defined in the adopted accreditation framework.
(c) Rule on the eligibility of an applicant for accreditation when the applying institution has not previously prepared educators for state certification in California, pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 44227.
(d) Appoint and reappoint the members of the Committee on Accreditation, in accordance with Section 44373, by selecting among nominees submitted by a panel of distinguished educators.
(e) Review periodic accreditation reports by the Committee on Accreditation, and refer accreditation issues and concerns to the committee for its examination and response.
(f) Hear and resolve appeals of accreditation decisions, pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 44374.
(g) Allocate resources annually for implementation of the accreditation system.
(h) With the Committee on Accreditation, jointly design an evaluation of accreditation policies and their implementation, and jointly select an external evaluator to conduct the evaluation, in accordance with Section 8 of the accreditation framework that was in effect on June 30, 1993.
(i) Modify the accreditation framework in accordance with Section 8 of the framework that was in effect on June 30, 1993.
(j) Inform and advise the Legislature regarding statutory issues related to accreditation, and submit legislative recommendations, after considering the advice of the Committee on Accreditation, educational institutions, and professional organizations.
(k) (1) Monitor the performance of graduates of the various institutions that provide educator preparation.
(2) With respect to institutions which, in the determination of the commission, have produced disproportionate numbers of graduates who have scored below the statewide median score on tests administered pursuant to this chapter, the commission shall be authorized to take administrative action that it deems appropriate to effect an improvement in the performance of the graduates of that institution. Administrative action authorized by this paragraph may include, but is not necessarily limited to, requiring that institution to provide remedial instruction to its students, or placing that institution on probationary status or suspending the accreditation of that institution for educator preparation pending demonstrable improvement in the instruction provided.