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92_SB1954 LRB9215891NTpkA 1 AN ACT relating to education. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing 5 Section 21-1a as follows: 6 (105 ILCS 5/21-1a) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-1a) 7 Sec. 21-1a. Tests required for certification. 8 (a) After July 1, 1988, in addition to all other 9 requirements, early childhood, elementary, special, high 10 school, school service personnel, or, except as provided in 11 Section 34-6, administrative certificates shall be issued to 12 persons who have satisfactorily passed a test of basic skills 13 and subject matter knowledge. The tests of basic skills and 14 subject matter knowledge shall be the tests which from time 15 to time are designated by the State Board of Education in 16 consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board and 17 may be tests prepared by an educational testing organization 18 or tests designed by the State Board of Education in 19 consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board. The 20 areas to be covered by the test of basic skills shall include 21 the basic skills of reading, writing, grammar and 22 mathematics. The test of subject matter knowledge shall 23 assess content knowledge in the specific subject field. The 24 tests shall be designed to be racially neutral to assure that 25 no person in taking the tests is thereby discriminated 26 against on the basis of race, color, national origin or other 27 factors unrelated to the person's ability to perform as a 28 certificated employee. The score required to pass the tests 29 of basic skills and subject matter knowledge shall be fixed 30 by the State Board of Education in consultation with the 31 State Teacher Certification Board. The tests shall be held -2- LRB9215891NTpkA 1 not fewer than 3 times a year at such time and place as may 2 be designated by the State Board of Education in consultation 3 with the State Teacher Certification Board. 4 (b) Except as provided in Section 34-6, the provisions 5 of subsection (a) of this Section shall apply equally in any 6 school district subject to Article 34, provided that the 7 State Board of Education shall determine which certificates 8 issued under Sections 34-8.1 and 34-83 prior to July 1, 1988 9 are comparable to any early childhood certificate, elementary 10 school certificate, special certificate, high school 11 certificate, school service personnel certificate or 12 administrative certificate issued under this Article as of 13 July 1, 1988. 14 (c) A person who holds an early childhood, elementary, 15 special, high school or school service personnel certificate 16 issued under this Article on or at any time before July 1, 17 1988, including a person who has been issued any such 18 certificate pursuant to Section 21-11.1 or in exchange for a 19 comparable certificate theretofore issued under Section 20 34-8.1 or Section 34-83, shall not be required to take or 21 pass the tests in order to thereafter have such certificate 22 renewed. 23 (d) The State Board of Education in consultation with 24 the State Teacher Certification Board shall conduct a pilot 25 administration of the tests by administering the test to 26 students completing teacher education programs in the 1986-87 27 school year for the purpose of determining the effect and 28 impact of testing candidates for certification. 29 (e) The rules and regulations developed to implement the 30 required test of basic skills and subject matter knowledge 31 shall include the requirements of subsections (a), (b), and 32 (c) and shall include specific regulations to govern test 33 selection; test validation and determination of a passing 34 score; administration of the tests; frequency of -3- LRB9215891NTpkA 1 administration; applicant fees; frequency of applicants' 2 taking the tests (which for a given test a teacher 3 certification applicant may not attempt passage more than 5 4 times, unless, on a case-by-case basis, the State Board of 5 Education determines that an applicant has proven that he or 6 she has enhanced his or her ability to pass the test by 7 having taken more higher education classes or professional 8 development classes or by having completed other criteria as 9 set by the State Board of Education, in which case the 10 applicant may attempt passage of the test one more time); the 11 years for which a score is valid; and, waiving certain 12 additional tests for additional certificates to individuals 13 who have satisfactorily passed the test of basic skills and 14 subject matter knowledge as required in subsection (a). The 15 State Board of Education shall provide, by rule, specific 16 policies that assure uniformity in the difficulty level of 17 each form of the basic skills test and each subject matter 18 knowledge test from test-to-test and year-to-year. The State 19 Board of Education shall also set a passing score for the 20 tests. 21 (f) The State Teacher Certification Board may issue a 22 nonrenewable temporary certificate between July 1, 1988 and 23 August 31, 1988 to individuals who have taken the tests of 24 basic skills and subject matter knowledge prescribed by this 25 Section but have not received such test scores by August 31, 26 1988. Such temporary certificates shall expire on December 27 31, 1988. 28 (g) Beginning February 15, 2000, the State Board of 29 Education, in consultation with the State Teacher 30 Certification Board, shall implement and administer a new 31 system of certification for teachers in the State of 32 Illinois. The State Board of Education, in consultation with 33 the State Teacher Certification Board, shall design and 34 implement a system of examinations and various other criteria -4- LRB9215891NTpkA 1 which shall be required prior to the issuance of Initial 2 Teaching Certificates and Standard Teaching Certificates. 3 These examinations and indicators shall be based on national 4 and State professional teaching standards, as determined by 5 the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State 6 Teacher Certification Board. The State Board of Education may 7 adopt any and all regulations necessary to implement and 8 administer this Section. 9 (h) The State Board of Education shall report to the 10 Illinois General Assembly and the Governor with 11 recommendations for further changes and improvements to the 12 teacher certification system no later than July 1, 1999 and 13 on an annual basis until July 1, 2001. 14 (Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98; 90-811, eff. 1-26-99; 15 91-102, eff. 7-12-99.) 16 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 17 June 30, 2002.
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