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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Dual Credit Quality Act is amended by
5changing Sections 16 and 20 and by adding Section 16.5 as
7    (110 ILCS 27/16)
8    Sec. 16. High school and community college partnership
9agreements; dual credit. A community college district shall,
10upon the request of a school district within the jurisdiction
11of the community college district, enter into a partnership
12agreement with the school district to offer dual credit
14    A school district may offer any course identified in the
15Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core
16Curriculum package under the Illinois Articulation Initiative
17Act as a dual credit course on the campus of a high school of
18the school district and may use a high school instructor who
19has met the academic credential requirements under this Act to
20teach the dual credit course.
21    The partnership agreement shall include all of the
23        (1) The establishment of the school district's and the



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1    community college district's respective roles and
2    responsibilities in providing the program and ensuring the
3    quality and instructional rigor of the program. This must
4    include an assurance that the community college district
5    has appropriate academic control of the curriculum,
6    consistent with any State or federal law and as required
7    or negotiated with the Higher Learning Commission or other
8    applicable accrediting agency.
9        (2) The dual credit courses that the school district
10    will offer its students and whether those courses will be
11    offered on the high school or community college campus or
12    through an online platform established by the Illinois
13    Community College Board.
14        (3) The establishment of academic criteria for
15    granting eligibility for high school students to enroll in
16    dual credit coursework. The academic criteria shall be
17    evidence-based and shall include multiple appropriate
18    measures to determine whether a student is prepared for
19    any dual credit coursework in which the student enrolls.
20        (4) The establishment of any limitations that the
21    school district or community college district may put on
22    course offerings due to availability of instructors, the
23    availability of students for specific course offerings, or
24    local board policy.
25        (5) The requirement that the dual credit instructor
26    meet the academic credential requirements to teach a dual



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1    credit course, consistent with paragraphs (1), (2), and
2    (3) of Section 20 of this Act, but shall not be required to
3    exceed those credentials.
4        (6) The collaborative process and criteria by which
5    the school district shall identify and recommend and the
6    community college district shall review and approve high
7    school instructors of dual credit courses taught on the
8    campus of a high school. This provision shall require that
9    the school district be responsible for hiring and
10    compensating the instructor.
11        (7) The requirement that a community college district
12    take the appropriate steps to ensure that dual credit
13    courses are equivalent to those courses offered at the
14    community college in quality and rigor to qualify for
15    college credit. The dual credit programs shall encompass
16    the following characteristics:
17            (A) Student learning outcomes expected for dual
18        credit courses in General Education Core Curriculum
19        courses and the professional and career and technical
20        disciplines shall be the same as the student learning
21        outcomes expected for the same courses taught on the
22        postsecondary campus.
23            (B) Course content, course delivery, and course
24        rigor shall be evaluated by the community college
25        chief academic officer or his or her designee, in
26        consultation with the school district's superintendent



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1        or his or her designee. The evaluation shall be
2        conducted in a manner that is consistent with the
3        community college district's review and evaluation
4        policy and procedures for on-campus adjunct faculty,
5        including visits to the secondary class. This
6        evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
7        ability of the instructor to deliver quality, rigorous
8        college credit coursework. This evaluation shall not
9        impact the instructor's performance evaluation under
10        Article 24A of the School Code.
11            (C) The academic supports and, if applicable,
12        guidance that will be provided to students
13        participating in the program by the high school and
14        the community college district.
15        (8) Identify all fees and costs to be assessed by the
16    community college district for dual credit courses. This
17    provision shall require that any fees and costs assessed
18    for dual credit courses shall be reasonable and promote
19    student access to those courses, and may take into account
20    regional considerations and differences.
21        (8.5) The collaborative process and criteria by which
22    a school district and a community college district shall
23    work to ensure that individual students with disabilities
24    have access to dual credit courses, provided that those
25    students are able to meet the criteria for entry into a
26    dual credit course. Through this process and criteria, the



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1    student shall have access to the supplementary aids and
2    accommodations included in the student's individualized
3    education program under Article 14 of the School Code or
4    Section 504 plan under the federal Rehabilitation Act of
5    1973 while the student is accessing a dual credit course
6    on a high school campus, in accordance with established
7    practices at the high school for providing these services.
8    A student who accesses a dual credit course on a community
9    college campus shall have access to supplementary aids and
10    accommodations provided in the partnership agreement,
11    including access to the community college's disability
12    services. A school district and community college district
13    shall work together to provide seamless communication
14    about the student's progress.
15        (9) The community college district shall establish a
16    mechanism for evaluating and documenting on a regular
17    basis the performance of students who complete dual credit
18    courses, consistent with paragraph (9) of Section 20 and
19    Section 30 of this Act, and for sharing that data in a
20    meaningful and timely manner with the school district.
21    This evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
22    coursework. This evaluation shall not impact the
23    instructor's performance evaluation under Article 24A of
24    the School Code.
25        (10) The expectations for maintaining the rigor of
26    dual credit courses that are taught at the high school and



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1    including students not deemed ready for college-level
2    coursework according to the standards of the community
3    college.
4    If, within 180 calendar days of the school district's
5initial request to enter into a partnership agreement with the
6community college district, the school district and the
7community college district do not reach agreement on the
8partnership agreement, then the school district and community
9college district shall jointly implement the provisions of the
10Model Partnership Agreement established under Section 19 of
11this Act for which local agreement could not be reached. A
12community college district may combine its negotiations with
13multiple school districts to establish one multi-district
14partnership agreement or may negotiate individual partnership
15agreements at its discretion.
16(Source: P.A. 102-516, eff. 8-20-21.)
17    (110 ILCS 27/16.5 new)
18    Sec. 16.5. High school and community college partnership
19agreements; student enrollment eligibility.
20    (a) A partnership agreement under Section 16 that is
21entered into, amended, renewed, or extended after the
22effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
23Assembly shall allow a high school student who does not
24otherwise meet the community college district's academic
25eligibility requirements to enroll in a dual credit course



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1taught at the high school, but only for high school credit.
2Instructors, in coordination with their higher learning
3partner, may differentiate instruction by credit section.
4    (b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to allow
5the award of dual credit to a student who does not meet the
6requirements of the partnership agreement.
7    (110 ILCS 27/20)
8    Sec. 20. Standards. All institutions offering dual credit
9courses shall meet the following standards:
10        (1) High school instructors teaching credit-bearing
11    college-level courses for dual credit must meet any of the
12    academic credential requirements set forth in this
13    paragraph or paragraph (2) or (3) of this Section and need
14    not meet higher certification requirements or those set
15    out in Article 21B of the School Code:
16            (A) Approved instructors of dual credit courses
17        shall meet any of the faculty credential standards
18        allowed by the Higher Learning Commission to determine
19        minimally qualified faculty. At the request of an
20        instructor, an instructor who meets these credential
21        standards shall be provided by the State Board of
22        Education with a Dual Credit Endorsement, to be placed
23        on the professional educator license, as established
24        by the State Board of Education and as authorized
25        under Article 21B of the School Code and promulgated



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1        through administrative rule in cooperation with the
2        Illinois Community College Board and the Board of
3        Higher Education.
4            (B) An instructor who does not meet the faculty
5        credential standards allowed by the Higher Learning
6        Commission to determine minimally qualified faculty
7        may teach dual credit courses if the instructor has a
8        professional development plan, approved by the
9        institution and shared with the State Board of
10        Education no later than January 1, 2025 , within 4
11        years of January 1, 2019 (the effective date of Public
12        Act 100-1049), to raise his or her credentials to be in
13        line with the credentials under subparagraph (A) of
14        this paragraph (1). The institution shall have 30 days
15        to review the plan and approve an instructor
16        professional development plan that is in line with the
17        credentials set forth in paragraph (2) of this
18        Section. The institution shall not unreasonably
19        withhold approval of a professional development plan.
20        These approvals shall be good for as long as
21        satisfactory progress toward the completion of the
22        credential is demonstrated, but in no event shall a
23        professional development plan be in effect for more
24        than 3 years from the date of its approval or after
25        January 1, 2028, whichever is sooner. A high school
26        instructor whose professional development plan is not



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1        approved by the institution may appeal to the Illinois
2        Community College Board or the Board of Higher
3        Education, as appropriate.
4            (C) The Illinois Community College Board and Board
5        of Higher Education shall report yearly on its
6        Internet website the following:
7                (i) the number of teachers presently enrolled
8            in an who have approved professional development
9            plan plans under this Section; .
10                (ii) the number of instructors who
11            successfully completed an approved professional
12            development plan;
13                (iii) the number of instructors who did not
14            successfully complete an approved professional
15            development plan after 3 years;
16                (iv) a breakdown of the information in
17            subdivisions (i), (ii), and (iii) of this
18            subparagraph (C) by subject area; and
19                (v) a summary, by community college district,
20            of professional development plans that are in
21            progress, that were successfully completed, or
22            that have expired.
23        (2) For a high school instructor entering into a
24    professional development plan prior to January 1, 2023,
25    the A high school instructor shall qualify for a
26    professional development plan if the instructor:



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1            (A) has a master's degree in any discipline and
2        has earned 9 graduate hours in a discipline in which he
3        or she is currently teaching or expects to teach; or
4            (B) has a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 18
5        graduate hours in a discipline that he or she is
6        currently teaching or expects to teach and is enrolled
7        in a discipline-specific master's degree program; and
8            (C) agrees to demonstrate his or her progress
9        toward completion to the supervising institution, as
10        outlined in the professional development plan.
11        (2.5) For a high school instructor entering into a
12    professional development plan on or after January 1, 2023,
13    the high school instructor shall qualify for a
14    professional development plan if the instructor:
15            (A) has a master's degree in any discipline, has
16        earned 9 graduate hours in a discipline in which he or
17        she currently teaches or expects to teach, and agrees
18        to demonstrate his or her progress toward completion
19        to the supervising institution, as outlined in the
20        professional development plan; or
21            (B) is a fully licensed instructor in career and
22        technical education who is halfway toward meeting the
23        institution's requirements for faculty in the
24        discipline to be taught and agrees to demonstrate his
25        or her progress toward completion to the supervising
26        institution, as outlined in the professional



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1        development plan.
2        (3) An instructor in career and technical education
3    courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
4    teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
5    instruction.
6        (4) Course content must be equivalent to
7    credit-bearing college-level courses offered at the
8    community college.
9        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as
10    credit-bearing college-level courses and be appropriately
11    measured.
12        (6) A high school instructor is expected to
13    participate in any orientation developed by the
14    institution for dual credit instructors in course
15    curriculum, assessment methods, and administrative
16    requirements.
17        (7) Dual credit instructors must be given the
18    opportunity to participate in all activities available to
19    other adjunct faculty, including professional development,
20    seminars, site visits, and internal communication,
21    provided that such opportunities do not interfere with an
22    instructor's regular teaching duties.
23        (8) Every dual credit course must be reviewed annually
24    by faculty through the appropriate department to ensure
25    consistency with campus courses.
26        (9) Dual credit students must be assessed using



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1    methods consistent with students in traditional
2    credit-bearing college courses.
3        (10) Within 15 days after entering into or renewing a
4    partnership agreement, the institution shall notify its
5    faculty of the agreement, including access to copies of
6    the agreement if requested.
7(Source: P.A. 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)