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H. B. 4122

 

         (By Delegates Perry, Shaver, Campbell, Lawrence,

              Pethtel, Armstead, Duke, Savilla, Sigler,

                   Paxton and M. Poling)

         [Introduced January 18, 2012; referred to the

         Committee on Education then Finance.]

 

 

A BILL to amend and reenact §18A-3-1a and §18A-3-1b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to alternative programs for teacher education; providing definitions and defining approved education provider; generally reorganizing section, updating terms and eliminating duplicative language; eliminating requirement to post position of alternative program teacher each year prior to rehiring; authorizing alternative methods of instructional delivery and candidate supervision and modifying existing methods; modifying reporting and recommendation requirements; and requiring certain legislative rules.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §18A-3-1a and §18A-3-1b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 3. TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, LICENSING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

§18A-3-1a. Alternative programs for the education of teachers; legislative rules required.

    (a) By August 15, 2005, the state board, after consultation with the Secretary of Education and the Arts, shall promulgate rules in accordance with the provisions of article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code for the approval and operation of teacher education programs which are an alternative to the regular college or university programs for the education of teachers.

    (a) Definitions. -- For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meaning ascribed to them, unless the context in which a term is used clearly requires a different meaning:

    (1) “Alternative program teacher certificate” means a certificate issued for one year to a candidate who does not meet the standard educational requirements for teacher certification;

    (2) “Approved education provider” means a partnership between one or more schools, school districts or regional educational service agencies and an institution of higher education in this state with a regionally accredited program for the education of professional educators approved by the state board or an entity affiliated with such an institution’s approved program, that has submitted to the state board a plan and agreement between the organizations for the delivery of an alternative program in accordance with this section, and the state board has approved the plan and agreement; and

    (3) “Area of critical need and shortage” means an opening in an established, existing or newly-created position which has been posted at least two times in accordance with section seven-a, article four of this chapter and for which no fully-qualified applicant has been employed.

    (b) Establishment of alternative education programs. -– After consultation with the Secretary of Education and the Arts and the Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, the state board shall promulgate a legislative rule or rules in accordance with article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section. The proposed rule or rules shall be submitted to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability for review prior to adoption. The rule or rules shall include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

    (1) Separate procedures for the approval and operation of each of the alternative teacher education programs as provided in this section:

    (A) These programs are an alternative to the regular college or university programs for the education of teachers and may only be offered by approved education providers; and

    (B) Each program is separate from other programs established by this section;

    (2) Procedures for approving an approved education provider as defined in this section. Approval is required prior to implementation the provider’s program leading to certification to teach in the public schools of this state;

    (3) Provisions for setting tuition charges to offset program costs;

    (4) The recommendation to rehire an alternative education program teacher, is subject to satisfactory progress in the applicable alternative education program by the holder of the alternative program certificate; and

    (5) When making decisions affecting the hiring of a teacher authorized to teach under an alternative program certificate as provided in this section, a county board shall give preference to applicants who hold a valid West Virginia professional teaching certificate.

    © Alternative teacher education program. --

    (1) To participate in an approved alternative teacher education program, the candidate must hold an alternative program teacher certificate issued by the state superintendent and endorsed for the instructional field in which the candidate seeks certification. An alternative program teacher certificate is a certificate issued for one year to a candidate who does not meet the standard educational requirements for certification.

    (2) The certificate may be renewed no more than two times twice and no individual may hold an alternative program teacher certificate for a period exceeding three years. The alternative program teacher certificate shall be considered is equivalent to a professional teaching certificate for the purpose of the issuance of issuing a continuing contract.

    (3) To be eligible for an alternative program teacher certificate, an applicant shall meet the following criteria:

    (1) (A) Possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a discipline taught in the public schools, except that the rules established by the board pursuant to subsection (b) of this section may exempt from this requirement candidates for alternative certification to teach in selected vocational and technical areas who have at least ten years’ experience in the subject field; from this requirement

    (2) (B) Pass an appropriate state board approved the same basic skills and subject matter test or tests required by the state board for traditional program candidates to become certified in the area for which licensure is being sought;

    (3) © Be a citizen of the Hold United States citizenship; be of good moral character and be physically, mentally and emotionally qualified to perform the duties of a teacher; and have attained

    (D) Attain the age of eighteen years on or before October 1 of the year in which the alternative program teacher certificate is issued;

    (4) (E) Have been offered Receive a formal offer of employment in an area of critical need and shortage by from a county board superintendent; in an area of critical need and shortage and

    (5) (F) Qualify for employment following a criminal history check pursuant to section ten of this article.

    (4) Persons A person who satisfy satisfies the requirements set forth in subdivisions (1) through (5) subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be granted a formal document which will enable them authorizing him or her to work in a public school in West Virginia.

    (b) The rules adopted by the board shall include provisions for the approval of alternative teacher education programs which may be offered by schools, school districts, consortia of schools, or regional educational service agency and for the setting of tuition charges to offset the program costs. An approved alternative teacher education program shall be in effect for a school, school district, consortium of schools or regional educational service agency before an alternative program teacher may be employed in that school, school district, consortium of schools or regional educational service agency.

    (5) An approved alternative program shall provide provides essential knowledge and skills to alternative program teachers through the following phases of training:

    (1) (A) Instruction. -- The alternative preparation program shall provide a minimum of eighteen semester hours of instruction in the areas of student assessment; development and learning; curriculum; classroom management; the use of educational computers and other technology; and special education and diversity. All programs shall contain a minimum of three semester hours of instruction in special education and diversity out of the minimum eighteen required semester hours. Subject to the approval of the state board, an approved education provider may provide instruction equivalent to the eighteen semester hours required by this paragraph through nontraditional methods, including, but not limited to, methods such as a series of modules covering the various topics, electronically delivered instruction, summer sessions, professional development and job-embedded mentoring.

    (2) (B) Phase I. -- Phase I shall consist consists of a period of intensive, on-the-job supervision by an assigned mentor and the school administrator for a period of not less fewer than two weeks and no more than four weeks. The assigned mentor shall meet the requirements for a beginning teacher internship mentor set forth in section two-b of this article and shall be paid the stipend authorized pursuant to that section. During this time, the teacher The state board shall provide, in its rule for the approval and operation of this program, requirements for the frequency and duration of time periods for the person holding an alternative certificate to observe in the classroom of the mentor. The person holding an alternative certificate shall be observed daily by the mentor or the school administrator during this phase. This phase shall include includes an orientation to the policies, organization and curriculum of the employing district. The alternative program teacher shall begin to receive formal instruction in those areas listed in subdivision (1) paragraph (A) of this subsection subdivision.

    (3) © Phase II. -- Phase II shall consist consists of a period of intensive, on-the-job supervision beginning the first day following the completion of Phase I and continuing for a period of at least ten weeks.

    (I) During Phase II, the alternative program teacher shall be is visited and critiqued no less than at least one time per week by members of a professional support team, as defined in subsection © subdivision (6) of this section subsection, and shall be is observed and formally evaluated by the appropriately certified members of the team at the end of five weeks and again at the end of ten weeks by the appropriately certified members of the team at five-week intervals until the completion of this phase.

    (ii) At the end of the ten-week period completion of this phase, the alternative program teacher shall receive a formal written progress report from the chairperson of the support team evaluation by the principal.

    (iii) The alternative program teacher shall continue to receive formal instruction in those areas listed above under in paragraph (A), subdivision (1) of this subsection subdivision.

    (4) (D) Phase III. -- Phase III shall consist consists of an additional period of continued supervision and evaluation of no less fewer than twenty weeks duration. The professional support team will determine determines the requirements of this phase, with but those requirements shall include at least one formal evaluation being conducted at the completion of the phase by the principal. The alternative program teacher shall continue to receive formal instruction in those areas listed above in paragraph (A) subdivision (1) of this subsection subdivision, and receive shall be given opportunities to observe the teaching of experienced colleagues.

    © (6) Professional support team. --

    (A) Training and supervision of alternative program teachers shall be are provided by a professional support team comprised of a school principal, or his or her designee, an experienced classroom teacher who satisfies the requirements for mentor for the Beginning Educator Internship as specified in pursuant to section two-b of this article, a college or university education faculty member a nonpublic education representative of the approved education provider, and a curriculum supervisor or other central office administrator with certification and training relevant to the training and supervision of the alternative program candidate.

    (B) Districts or schools which do not employ curriculum supervisors or have been unable to establish a relationship with a college or university shall provide for comparable expertise on the team.

    © The school principal, or his or her designee, shall serve serves as chairperson of the team.

    (D) The duration of each of the three phases of the program specified in paragraphs (B), © and (D), subdivision (5) of this subsection, in excess of the minimum durations provided in those paragraphs, shall be determined by the professional support team within guidelines provided by the state board in its rule for the approval and operation of this program.

    (E) In addition to other duties assigned to it under this section and section one-b of this article, the approved education provider shall submit a written evaluation of the alternative program teacher to the county superintendent. The written evaluation shall be in a form specified by the county superintendent and submitted on a date specified by the county superintendent that is prior to the first Monday of May. The evaluation shall report the progress of the alternative program teacher toward meeting the academic and performance requirements of the program.

    (d) (F) The training for professional support team members shall may be coordinated and provided by the Center for Professional Development in coordination with the school district, consortium of schools, regional educational service agency, and institution of higher education approved education provider or any combination of these agencies as set forth in the plan approved by the state board pursuant to subsection (e) subdivision (8) of this section.

    (7) In lieu of and as an alternative to the professional support team specified in subdivision (6) of this section and its specific duties throughout the program phases as set forth in subdivision (5) of this section, a school or school district that has implemented a comprehensive beginning teacher induction program may, subject to the approval of the state board, provide for the training and supervision of alternative program teachers using a structure consistent with the structure implemented for the support, supervision and mentoring of beginning teachers: Provided, That all final decisions on the progress of the alternative program teacher and recommendations upon program completion shall rest with the principal.

    (e) (8) A school, school district, consortium of schools, or regional educational service agency An approved education provider seeking to employ approval for an alternative certification program teacher must shall submit a plan to the state board. and receive approval

    (A) No alternative certification program may be implemented prior to receiving state board approval.

    (B) Each plan shall describe how the proposed training program will accomplish the key elements of an alternative program for the education of teachers as set forth in this section. Each school, school district, consortium of schools or regional educational service agency shall show evidence in its plan of having sought joint sponsorship of their training program with institutions of higher education.

    (f) The state board shall promulgate a rule in accordance with article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code for the approval and operation of alternative education programs to prepare highly qualified special education teachers that

    (d) Alternative highly qualified special education teacher education program. --

    (1) These programs are separate from the programs established under the other provisions of this section and are applicable only to teachers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in a program for the preparation of teachers from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

    (2) These programs are subject to the other provisions of this section only to the extent specifically provided for in the rule.

    (3) These programs may be an alternative to the regular college and university programs for the education of special education teachers and also may address the content area preparation of certified special education teachers.

    (4) The programs shall incorporate professional development to the maximum extent possible to help teachers who are currently certified in special education to obtain the required content area preparation.

    (5) Participation in an alternative education program pursuant to this subsection shall may not affect any rights, privileges or benefits to which the participant otherwise would otherwise be entitled as a regular employee nor does it and may not alter any rights, privileges or benefits of participants on continuing contract status. The state board shall report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on the programs authorized under this subsection during the July, 2005, interim meetings or as soon thereafter as practical prior to implementation of the programs.

    (g) The state board shall promulgate a rule in accordance with article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code for the approval and operation of alternative education programs to prepare highly qualified special education teachers that

    (e) Additional alternative education program to prepare highly qualified special education teachers. --

    (1) These programs are separate from the programs established under the other provisions of this section and are applicable only to persons who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

    (2) These programs are subject to the other provisions of this section only to the extent specifically provided for in this the rule.

    (3) These programs may be an alternative to the regular college and university programs for the education of special education teachers and also may address the content area preparation of such these persons. The state board shall report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on the programs authorized under this subsection during the July, 2005, interim meetings or as soon thereafter as practical prior to implementation of the programs.

    (h) For the purposes of this section, “area of critical need and shortage” means an opening in an established, existing or newly created position which has been posted in accordance with the provisions of section seven-a, article four of this chapter, and for which no fully qualified applicant has been employed.

    (I) The recommendation to rehire an alternative education program teacher, pursuant to section eight-a, article two of this chapter is subject to the position being posted and no fully qualified applicant being employed: Provided, That this provision does not apply to teachers who hold a valid West Virginia professional teaching certificate and who are employed under a program operated pursuant to subsection (f).

    (j) When making decisions affecting the hiring of an alternative program teacher under the provisions of this section, a county board shall give preference to applicants who hold a valid West Virginia professional teaching certificate.

§18A-3-1b. Recommendation for certification of alternative program teachers.

    At the conclusion of an alternative teacher education program, the principal chairperson of the professional support team, approved education provider shall prepare a comprehensive evaluation report on the alternative program teacher's performance. This report shall be submitted directly to the State Superintendent of Schools and shall contain a recommendation as to whether or not a professional certificate should be issued to the alternative program teacher. The report shall be made on standard forms developed by the State Superintendent.

    The comprehensive evaluation report shall include one of the following recommendations:

    (1) Approved: Recommends issuance of a professional certificate;

    (2) Insufficient: Recommends that a professional certificate not be issued but that the candidate be allowed to seek reentry on one or more occasions in the future into an approved alternative teacher education program; or

    (3) Disapproved: Recommends that a professional certificate not be issued and that the candidate not be allowed to enter into another approved alternative teacher education program in this state, but shall not be prohibited from pursuing teacher certification through other approved programs for the education of teachers in this state.

    The chairperson of the professional support team approved education provider shall provide the alternative program teacher with a copy of the alternative program teacher's written evaluation report and certification recommendation before submitting it to the state superintendent. If the alternative program teacher disagrees with the chairperson's provider’s recommendation, the alternative program teacher may, within fifteen days of receipt, request an appeal in accordance with the certification appeals process established by the State Board of Education.


    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow an entity affiliated with an institution of higher education in this state with a regionally accredited program for the education of professional educators to provide alternative certification programs for teachers.


    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.


    This bill was recommended for introduction and passage during the 2012 Regular Session of the Legislature by the Joint Standing Committee on Education Subcommittee B.

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