Bill Summaries: S724 (2019-2020 Session)

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  • Summary date: May 13 2020 - View summary

    Identical to H 107, filed 2/19/2019.

    Amends GS 115C-269.35 regarding accountability for educator preparation programs (EPP). Requires the State Board of Education (State Board) to include in the performance standards the State Board adopts to govern the accountability of EPPs the information bases of EPP completer employment, disaggregated with respect to race, sex, and ethnicity. Requires the data for EPP completer employment to include: (1) number of students employed as beginning teachers under initial professional licenses within the first year of EPP completion; (2) the number of students retained in the profession; and (3) the perseverance of beginning educators in the profession, determined as specified. Removes these three employment data points from the indicators that recognized EPPs are required to include in their annual performance reports to the State Board. Makes conforming changes. Applies to EPPs authorized by the State Board on or after the date the act becomes law and to reports submitted to the State Board and reviews by the State Board of an EPP beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. 

    Amends GS 115C-269.45 regarding sanctions of EPPs. Provides for a small group exception, established by rule by the State Board, for circumstances in which disaggregation of performance data with respect to race, sex, and ethnicity is not possible due to the small number of program participants in a demographic group. Provides parameters for the small group exception rule. Requires the State Board to adopt the rule by October 1, 2019, and apply the rule beginning with the data collected from the 2018-19 academic year for purposes of the annual report made available to the public by December 15, 2020, and annually thereafter, pursuant to GS 115C-269.50.

    Amends GS 115C-269.50 regarding EPP report cards. Requires the performance and other data reported by each EPP, as provided in GS 115C-269.35, to be easily compared to the data of other EPPs through the use of a formulaic, performance-based weighted model adopted by the State Board (currently, does not specify availability of EPP report card comparison through a State Board-adopted model). Effective July 1, 2020, and applies beginning with data from the 2020-21 academic year.

    Directs the State Board to develop a formulaic, performance-based weighted model for comparing the annual EPP report card data pursuant to GS 115C-269.50, as amended. Requires the State Board to consult with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC), and meet the described conditions, in designing the weighted model. Requires the State Board to report to the specified NCGA Committee by November 15, 2019.