An Act To Establish in Law a Method for Alternative Certification of Teachers
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §13013, sub-§1, as amended by PL 1997, c. 266, §16, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §13013, sub-§2-A, ¶C, as amended by PL 2001, c. 534, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA §13013, sub-§2-A, ¶D, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 266, §17, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §13013, sub-§2-A, ¶E is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 20-A MRSA §§13013-B and 13013-C are enacted to read:
§ 13013-B. Alternative certification
(1) An educator preparation program as defined under section 13008;
(2) A method established by the state board pursuant to section 13011, subsection 6 for a person who has not completed an educator preparation program as defined under section 13008 to obtain provisional educator certification; or
(3) An alternative route to certification program.
(1) An initial evaluation of a candidate's competencies in order to determine an appropriate individualized professional development plan;
(2) An evaluation of each candidate demonstrating successful completion of the alternative program; and
(3) An evaluation conducted after classroom placement for each alternative program graduate; and
(1) Requirements for professional preparation specified by the state board;
(2) Techniques for using a variety of data indicators for student progress and instructional decision making;
(3) Methodologies, including technology-based methodologies, for teaching subject content that supports applicable state standards for students;
(4) Techniques for effective classroom management, including behavioral management and differentiated instruction for all students; and
(5) Techniques and strategies for ensuring a safe learning environment for students.
(1) Performance under the statewide system of learning results established under section 6209;
(2) Student transcripts; and
(3) Student attendance and student mobility;
(1) Teacher credentials, such as master's degrees, teacher preparation programs completed and certification levels and endorsement areas;
(2) Teacher assessments, such as whether a teacher is determined to be highly qualified pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 United States Code, Chapter 70 or determined to meet such other designations as may be established by federal law or regulations for the purpose of tracking the equitable distribution of instructional staff;
(3) The alternative program from which the teacher graduated; and
(4) The specific teacher preparation program the teacher was enrolled in within the alternative program; and
(1) School population;
(2) Annual student graduation rates;
(3) Annual teacher retention rates; and
(4) School disciplinary records, such as data relating to suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary actions.
A school board shall report all necessary information required by this subsection to the commissioner. The commissioner must provide for technical assistance and training of school staff in the data collection and reporting process.
§ 13013-C. Minimum standards for all teacher preparation programs
By October 31, 2016, the state board shall develop minimum standards of performance for all teacher preparation programs, as defined in section 13013-B, subsection 1, paragraph C, and shall by October 31, 2017 adopt certification, data collection, program review and program suspension requirements for all teacher preparation programs.
This bill establishes an alternative pathway to teacher certification. Under this bill, programs that prepare persons for alternative certification are certified by the Commissioner of Education. The programs must provide targeted course work in teaching, mentoring or student teaching experience, classroom preparation and student assessments. Graduates of these programs are eligible to obtain professional teacher certificates. The bill also requires the State Board of Education to establish minimum standards of performance for these programs and, by October 31, 2016, to develop minimum standards of performance for all teacher preparation programs.