Amends GS 115C-296(b)(2) to add a new subsubdivision e1 to mandate that the standards for approval of teacher education institutions must require that teacher education for all students include clinical school experience programs for student teachers, as defined in GS 115C-309. Declares that the clinical school experience programs are to be established via partnerships with local boards of education, and the teacher education institutions and the local boards are to share responsibility, authority, and accountability for clinical and school-based training, including in program development and implementation. Requires that a clinical school experience program at minimum meet the following criteria: (1) align with statewide priorities in teacher preparation and demonstrated competencies, (2) provide student teachers with access to qualified supervising teachers, (3) provide opportunities for student teachers to teach as part of a team with one or more teachers, and (4) evaluate the effectiveness of the clinical school experience by assessing the performance of the student teacher, the supervising teacher, and the outcomes of any students for whom the student teacher was responsible.
Amends GS 115C-47(20) to make a conforming change providing that a local board of education may enter into a partnership with an institution of teacher education to provide a clinical school experience program as described in new GS 115C-296(b)(2)e1.
Act applies beginning with the 2015-16 academic year.
Bill S 79 (2015-2016)Summary date: Feb 11 2015 - More information
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