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Full Text of HB5506  102nd General Assembly




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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        (11) A requirement that the school district and
5    community college annually assess disaggregated data
6    pertaining to dual credit course enrollments, completions,
7    and subsequent postsecondary enrollment and performance to
8    the extent feasible. If applicable, this assessment shall
9    include an analysis of dual credit courses with credit
10    sections for dual credit and for high school credit only
11    pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 16.5 that reviews
12    student characteristics by credit section in relation to
13    gender, race and ethnicity, and low-income status.
14    If, within 180 calendar days of the school district's
15initial request to enter into a partnership agreement with the
16community college district, the school district and the
17community college district do not reach agreement on the
18partnership agreement, then the school district and community
19college district shall jointly implement the provisions of the
20Model Partnership Agreement established under Section 19 of
21this Act for which local agreement could not be reached. A
22community college district may combine its negotiations with
23multiple school districts to establish one multi-district
24partnership agreement or may negotiate individual partnership
25agreements at its discretion.
26(Source: P.A. 102-516, eff. 8-20-21.)



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1    (110 ILCS 27/16.5 new)
2    Sec. 16.5. High school and community college partnership
3agreements; student enrollment eligibility.
4    (a) A partnership agreement under Section 16 that is
5entered into, amended, renewed, or extended after the
6effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
7Assembly shall allow a high school student who does not
8otherwise meet the community college district's academic
9eligibility requirements to enroll in a dual credit course
10taught at the high school, but only for high school credit.
11Instructors, in coordination with their higher learning
12partner, may differentiate instruction by credit section.
13    (b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to allow
14the award of dual credit to a student who does not meet the
15requirements of the partnership agreement.
16    (c) High schools shall establish procedures, prior to the
17first day of class, to notify all individual high school
18students enrolled in a mixed enrollment dual credit course
19that includes students who have and have not met the criteria
20for dual credit coursework of whether or not they are eligible
21to earn college credit for the course.
22    (110 ILCS 27/20)
23    Sec. 20. Standards. All institutions offering dual credit
24courses shall meet the following standards:



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1        (1) High school instructors teaching credit-bearing
2    college-level courses for dual credit must meet any of the
3    academic credential requirements set forth in this
4    paragraph or paragraph (2) or (3) of this Section and need
5    not meet higher certification requirements or those set
6    out in Article 21B of the School Code:
7            (A) Approved instructors of dual credit courses
8        shall meet any of the faculty credential standards
9        allowed by the Higher Learning Commission to determine
10        minimally qualified faculty. At the request of an
11        instructor, an instructor who meets these credential
12        standards shall be provided by the State Board of
13        Education with a Dual Credit Endorsement, to be placed
14        on the professional educator license, as established
15        by the State Board of Education and as authorized
16        under Article 21B of the School Code and promulgated
17        through administrative rule in cooperation with the
18        Illinois Community College Board and the Board of
19        Higher Education.
20            (B) An instructor who does not meet the faculty
21        credential standards allowed by the Higher Learning
22        Commission to determine minimally qualified faculty
23        may teach dual credit courses if the instructor has a
24        professional development plan, approved by the
25        institution and shared with the State Board of
26        Education no later than January 1, 2025 , within 4



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1        years of January 1, 2019 (the effective date of Public
2        Act 100-1049), to raise his or her credentials to be in
3        line with the credentials under subparagraph (A) of
4        this paragraph (1). The institution shall have 30 days
5        to review the plan and approve an instructor
6        professional development plan that is in line with the
7        credentials set forth in paragraph (2) of this
8        Section. The institution shall not unreasonably
9        withhold approval of a professional development plan.
10        These approvals shall be good for as long as
11        satisfactory progress toward the completion of the
12        credential is demonstrated, but in no event shall a
13        professional development plan be in effect for more
14        than 3 years from the date of its approval or after
15        January 1, 2028, whichever is sooner. A high school
16        instructor whose professional development plan is not
17        approved by the institution may appeal to the Illinois
18        Community College Board or the Board of Higher
19        Education, as appropriate.
20            (C) The Illinois Community College Board and Board
21        of Higher Education shall report yearly on its
22        Internet website the following:
23                (i) the number of teachers presently enrolled
24            in an who have approved professional development
25            plan plans under this Section; .
26                (ii) the number of instructors who



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1            successfully completed an approved professional
2            development plan;
3                (iii) the number of instructors who did not
4            successfully complete an approved professional
5            development plan after 3 years;
6                (iv) a breakdown of the information in
7            subdivisions (i), (ii), and (iii) of this
8            subparagraph (C) by subject area; and
9                (v) a summary, by community college district,
10            of professional development plans that are in
11            progress, that were successfully completed, or
12            that have expired.
13        (2) For a high school instructor entering into a
14    professional development plan prior to January 1, 2023,
15    the A high school instructor shall qualify for a
16    professional development plan if the instructor:
17            (A) has a master's degree in any discipline and
18        has earned 9 graduate hours in a discipline in which he
19        or she is currently teaching or expects to teach; or
20            (B) has a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 18
21        graduate hours in a discipline that he or she is
22        currently teaching or expects to teach and is enrolled
23        in a discipline-specific master's degree program; and
24            (C) agrees to demonstrate his or her progress
25        toward completion to the supervising institution, as
26        outlined in the professional development plan.



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1        (2.5) For a high school instructor entering into a
2    professional development plan on or after January 1, 2023,
3    the high school instructor shall qualify for a
4    professional development plan if the instructor:
5            (A) has a master's degree in any discipline, has
6        earned 9 graduate hours in a discipline in which he or
7        she currently teaches or expects to teach, and agrees
8        to demonstrate his or her progress toward completion
9        to the supervising institution, as outlined in the
10        professional development plan; or
11            (B) is a fully licensed instructor in career and
12        technical education who is halfway toward meeting the
13        institution's requirements for faculty in the
14        discipline to be taught and agrees to demonstrate his
15        or her progress toward completion to the supervising
16        institution, as outlined in the professional
17        development plan.
18        (3) An instructor in career and technical education
19    courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
20    teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
21    instruction.
22        (4) Course content must be equivalent to
23    credit-bearing college-level courses offered at the
24    community college.
25        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as
26    credit-bearing college-level courses and be appropriately



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1    measured.
2        (6) A high school instructor is expected to
3    participate in any orientation developed by the
4    institution for dual credit instructors in course
5    curriculum, assessment methods, and administrative
6    requirements.
7        (7) Dual credit instructors must be given the
8    opportunity to participate in all activities available to
9    other adjunct faculty, including professional development,
10    seminars, site visits, and internal communication,
11    provided that such opportunities do not interfere with an
12    instructor's regular teaching duties.
13        (8) Every dual credit course must be reviewed annually
14    by faculty through the appropriate department to ensure
15    consistency with campus courses.
16        (9) Dual credit students must be assessed using
17    methods consistent with students in traditional
18    credit-bearing college courses.
19        (10) Within 15 days after entering into or renewing a
20    partnership agreement, the institution shall notify its
21    faculty of the agreement, including access to copies of
22    the agreement if requested.
23(Source: P.A. 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)