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UPDATED: Educator Preparation Program Changes, Other Bills Await Governor’s Signature

Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager

UPDATED: A previous version of this article stated that House Bill 107 required the State Board "to establish a performance standard for EPPs based on the two-year retention rate for EPP completers initially licensed and employed in a North Carolina public school." This language reflects a requirement in the previous version of the bill, before it was amended. The current version, which was sent to the Governor for approval, only requires the State Board, in consultation with the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC), to study the inclusion of the two-year retention rate as a performance standard.

While Governor Cooper signed several pieces of education-related legislation into law last week, numerous other items currently await the Governor’s signature, including a bill making various changes to Educator Preparation Program (EPP) standards. The changes contained in House Bill 107, which was presented to the Governor last Friday, were recommended in a report by the legislative Program Evaluation Division to “enhance the effectiveness of the EPP data reporting system.” According to a summary prepared by legislative staff, H107 would do all of the following:

  • Remove the performance standard related to the quality of students entering the EPP, and instead only include it in the annual performance report.
  • Require the State Board to study establishing a performance standard for EPPs based on the two-year retention rate for EPP completers initially licensed and employed in a North Carolina public school.
  • Require an EPP to be sanctioned if it fails to meet performance standards for any one sex, race, or ethnicity demographic group over a multi-year period.
  • Direct the State Board to adopt a rule to establish a small group exception for circumstances in which individually identifiable data may be revealed; and
  • Direct the State Board, in consultation with DPI and PEPSC, to consider certain information and include specific factors in the development of a formulaic, performance-based weighted model. The State Board would report on the model to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by February 15, 2020.

 In addition to H107, the following other bills were recently presented to the Governor to be signed into law:

 

H362: 15-Point Scale For School Performance Grades

  • Would make permanent the 15-point school performance grading scale and direct the State Board of Education to study and make recommendations regarding the current school performance grading model
  • STATUS: Pres. To Gov. 7/12

H411: Modify School Qual./Student Success Indicator

  • Would combine career and college readiness indicators for both school performance grades required under State law, as well as for federal reporting purposes under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Also requires the State Board of Education to include additional career and college readiness information on annual school report cards. Also, in an unrelated measure added through an amendment on the Senate floor, would allow certain lottery winners to remain anonymous for 90 days.
  • STATUS: Pres. To Gov. 7/11

H668: Various Higher Education Changes

  • Would authorize community colleges to use adequate insurance coverage instead of bonds for State funds and property; Rename the UNC Center For Public Television; Authorize the Board of Governors to establish certain lease purchase agreement policies; and allow evidence of NC high school graduation for in state tuition purposes
  • STATUS: Pres. To Gov. 7/11

 S343: Various Education Law Changes

  • Would make changes to various education reports including date changes, repeals of certain reports, and modifications of information to be reported. It would also (i) clarify the Education Workforce Innovation Commission's membership, (ii) stagger the appointments to the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission, and (iii) exempt the State Board's charter actions from contested case provisions.
  • STATUS: Pres. To Gov. 7/17

S391: Expand Youth Internship Opportunities

  • Would provide a limited exception to the prohibition on youth participating in occupations deemed detrimental by the Commissioner of Labor when the youth is participating in a supervised practice experience.
  • STATUS: Pres. To Gov. 7/17

S392: Various Charter School Changes

  • Would increase the enrollment cap for virtual charter schools to 3,000 students and allow the SBE to waive the cap entirely in the eighth year of the school’s operation. The bill would also allow the Superintendent of Public Instruction to approve facility bonds for charter schools, change the renewal standards for charter schools, and require background checks for charter school boards of directors.
  • STATUS: Pres. To Gov. 7/19

 

Elizabeth Yelverton
eyelverton@ncasa.net
919-728-1426