Rep. Natalie A. Manley

Filed: 5/25/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2838 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Dual Credit Quality Act is amended by
5changing Sections 15, and 20 and by adding Sections 16, 17, 18,
619, 30, and 35 as follows:
7    (110 ILCS 27/15)
8    Sec. 15. Student academic standing access, eligibility,
9and attainment.
10    (a) The Illinois Community College Board and the Board of
11Higher Education shall develop policies to permit multiple
12appropriate measures using differentiated assessment for
13granting eligibility for dual credit to students. The measures
14developed shall ensure that a student is prepared for any
15coursework in which the student enrolls.
16    (b) Institutions may adopt policies to protect the academic



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1standing of students who are not successful in dual credit
2courses, including, but not limited to, options for (i) late
3withdrawal from a course, or (ii) taking the course on a
4pass-fail basis, or both. All institutional policies relating
5to the academic standing of students enrolled in dual credit
6courses or the transfer of credit for dual credit courses must
7be made publicly available by the institution and provided to
8each student enrolled in dual credit courses offered by that
10(Source: P.A. 96-194, eff. 1-1-10.)
11    (110 ILCS 27/16 new)
12    Sec. 16. High school and community college partnership
13agreements; dual credit. A community college district shall,
14upon the request of a school district within the jurisdiction
15of the community college district, enter into a partnership
16agreement with the school district to offer dual credit
18    A school district may offer any course identified in the
19Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core
20Curriculum package under the Illinois Articulation Initiative
21Act as a dual credit course on the campus of a high school of
22the school district and may use a high school instructor who
23has met the academic credential requirements under this Act to
24teach the dual credit course.
25    The partnership agreement shall include all of the



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2        (1) The establishment of the school district's and the
3    community college district's respective roles and
4    responsibilities in providing the program and ensuring the
5    quality and instructional rigor of the program. This must
6    include an assurance that the community college district
7    has appropriate academic control of the curriculum,
8    consistent with any State or federal law and as required or
9    negotiated with the Higher Learning Commission or other
10    applicable accrediting agency.
11        (2) The dual credit courses that the school district
12    will offer its students and whether those courses will be
13    offered on the high school or community college campus or
14    through an online platform established by the Illinois
15    Community College Board.
16        (3) The establishment of academic criteria for
17    granting eligibility for high school students to enroll in
18    dual credit coursework. The academic criteria shall be
19    evidence-based and shall include multiple appropriate
20    measures to determine whether a student is prepared for any
21    dual credit coursework in which the student enrolls.
22        (4) The establishment of any limitations that the
23    school district or community college district may put on
24    course offerings due to availability of instructors, the
25    availability of students for specific course offerings, or
26    local board policy.



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1        (5) The requirement that the dual credit instructor
2    meet the academic credential requirements to teach a dual
3    credit course, consistent with paragraphs (1), (2), and (3)
4    of Section 20 of this Act, but shall not be required to
5    exceed those credentials.
6        (6) The collaborative process and criteria by which the
7    school district shall identify and recommend and the
8    community college district shall review and approve high
9    school instructors of dual credit courses taught on the
10    campus of a high school. This provision shall require that
11    the school district be responsible for hiring and
12    compensating the instructor.
13        (7) The requirement that a community college district
14    take the appropriate steps to ensure that dual credit
15    courses are equivalent to those courses offered at the
16    community college in quality and rigor to qualify for
17    college credit. The dual credit programs shall encompass
18    the following characteristics:
19            (A) Student learning outcomes expected for dual
20        credit courses in General Education Core Curriculum
21        courses and the professional and career and technical
22        disciplines shall be the same as the student learning
23        outcomes expected for the same courses taught on the
24        postsecondary campus.
25            (B) Course content, course delivery, and course
26        rigor shall be evaluated by the community college chief



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1        academic officer or his or her designee, in
2        consultation with the school district's superintendent
3        or his or her designee. The evaluation shall be
4        conducted in a manner that is consistent with the
5        community college district's review and evaluation
6        policy and procedures for on-campus adjunct faculty,
7        including visits to the secondary class. This
8        evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
9        ability of the instructor to deliver quality, rigorous
10        college credit coursework. This evaluation shall not
11        impact the instructor's performance evaluation under
12        Article 24A of the School Code.
13            (C) The academic supports and, if applicable,
14        guidance that will be provided to students
15        participating in the program by the high school and the
16        community college district.
17        (8) Identify all fees and costs to be assessed by the
18    community college district for dual credit courses. This
19    provision shall require that any fees and costs assessed
20    for dual credit courses shall be reasonable and promote
21    student access to those courses, and may take into account
22    regional considerations and differences.
23        (9) The community college district shall establish a
24    mechanism for evaluating and documenting on a regular basis
25    the performance of students who complete dual credit
26    courses, consistent with paragraph (9) of Section 20 and



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1    Section 30 of this Act, and for sharing that data in a
2    meaningful and timely manner with the school district. This
3    evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
4    coursework. This evaluation shall not impact the
5    instructor's performance evaluation under Article 24A of
6    the School Code.
7    If, within 180 calendar days of the school district's
8initial request to enter into a partnership agreement with the
9community college district, the school district and the
10community college district do not reach agreement on the
11partnership agreement, then the school district and community
12college district shall jointly implement the provisions of the
13Model Partnership Agreement established under Section 19 of
14this Act for which local agreement could not be reached. A
15community college district may combine its negotiations with
16multiple school districts to establish one multi-district
17partnership agreement or may negotiate individual partnership
18agreements at its discretion.
19    (110 ILCS 27/17 new)
20    Sec. 17. Out-of-state dual credit contracts. On or after
21the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General
22Assembly, a school district may not enter into a new contract
23with an out-of-state institution to provide a dual credit
24course without first offering the community college district in
25the district in which the school district is located the



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1opportunity to provide the course. Prior to entering into a
2contract with an out-of-state institution, the school district
3shall notify the Board of Higher Education of its intent to
4enter into an agreement with an out-of-state institution. The
5Board of Higher Education shall have 30 days to provide the
6school district with a list of in-state institutions that can
7provide the school district an equivalent dual credit
8opportunity. In deciding which dual credit courses to offer, a
9school district reserves the right to evaluate any dual credit
10course offered by any institution for quality, rigor, and
11alignment with the school district's students' needs.
12    Agreements to provide dual credit courses between a school
13district and an out-of-state institution in existence on the
14effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General
15Assembly shall remain in effect and shall not be impacted by
16this Section.
17    (110 ILCS 27/18 new)
18    Sec. 18. Recognition of dual credit coursework completion.
19Any General Education Core Curriculum dual credit coursework
20completed by a high school student under this Act must be
21recognized as credit-bearing college-level coursework meeting
22General Education Core Curriculum requirements, consistent
23with the Illinois Articulation Initiative Act, if the course or
24courses have an existing Illinois Articulation Initiative code
25at the community college. Dual credit coursework completed by a



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1high school student under this Act is transferrable to all
2public institutions in this State on the same basis as
3coursework completed by a public community college student who
4has previously earned a high school diploma in the manner set
5forth under the Illinois Articulation Initiative Act.
6    (110 ILCS 27/19 new)
7    Sec. 19. Model Partnership Agreement and Dual Credit
8Committee. A Model Partnership Agreement shall be developed
9through a Dual Credit Committee involving collaboration
10between the Illinois Community College Board and the State
11Board of Education by June 30, 2019. The Committee shall
12consist of 5 members appointed by the State Superintendent of
13Education and 5 members appointed by the Executive Director of
14the Illinois Community College Board. The Model Partnership
15Agreement shall address all of the matters set forth in Section
1616 of this Act.
17    (110 ILCS 27/20)
18    Sec. 20. Standards. All institutions offering dual credit
19courses shall meet the following standards:
20        (1) High school instructors teaching credit-bearing
21    college-level courses for dual credit must meet any of the
22    academic credential requirements set forth in paragraph
23    (1), (2), or (3) of this Section and need not meet higher
24    certification requirements or those set out in Article 21B



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1    of the School Code:
2            (A) Approved instructors of dual credit courses
3        shall meet any of the faculty credential standards
4        allowed by the Higher Learning Commission to determine
5        minimally qualified faculty. At the request of an
6        instructor, an instructor who meets these credential
7        standards shall be provided by the State Board of
8        Education with a Dual Credit Endorsement, to be placed
9        on the professional educator license, as established
10        by the State Board of Education and as authorized under
11        Article 21B of the School Code and promulgated through
12        administrative rule in cooperation with the Illinois
13        Community College Board and the Board of Higher
14        Education.
15            (B) An instructor who does not meet the faculty
16        credential standards allowed by the Higher Learning
17        Commission to determine minimally qualified faculty
18        may teach dual credit courses if the instructor has a
19        professional development plan, approved by the
20        institution and shared with the State Board of
21        Education, within 4 years of the effective date of this
22        amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, to raise
23        his or her credentials to be in line with the
24        credentials under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph
25        (1). The institution shall have 30 days to review the
26        plan and approve an instructor professional



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1        development plan that is in line with the credentials
2        set forth in paragraph (2) of this Section. The
3        institution shall not unreasonably withhold approval
4        of a professional development plan. These approvals
5        shall be good for as long as satisfactory progress
6        toward the completion of the credential is
7        demonstrated, but in no event shall a professional
8        development plan be in effect for more than 3 years
9        from the date of its approval. A high school instructor
10        whose professional development plan is not approved by
11        the institution may appeal to the Illinois Community
12        College Board or the Board of Higher Education, as
13        appropriate.
14            (C) The Illinois Community College Board shall
15        report yearly on its Internet website the number of
16        teachers who have approved professional development
17        plans under this Section.
18        (2) A high school instructor shall qualify for a
19    professional development plan if the instructor:
20            (A) has a master's degree in any discipline and has
21        earned 9 graduate hours in a discipline in which he or
22        she is currently teaching or expects to teach; or
23            (B) has a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 18
24        graduate hours in a discipline that he or she is
25        currently teaching or expects to teach and is enrolled
26        in a discipline-specific master's degree program; and



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1            (C) agrees to demonstrate his or her progress
2        toward completion to the supervising institution, as
3        outlined in the professional development plan.
4        (3) An instructor in career and technical education
5    courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
6    teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
7    instruction.
8        (4) Course content must be equivalent to
9    credit-bearing college-level courses offered at the
10    community college.
11        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as
12    credit-bearing college-level courses and be appropriately
13    measured.
14        (6) A high school instructor is expected to participate
15    in any orientation developed by the institution for dual
16    credit instructors in course curriculum, assessment
17    methods, and administrative requirements.
18        (1) Instructors teaching credit-bearing college-level
19    courses for dual credit must meet the same academic
20    credential requirements as faculty teaching on campus and
21    need not meet certification requirements set out in Article
22    21 of the School Code.
23        (2) Instructors in career and technical education
24    courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
25    teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
26    instruction.



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1        (3) Students must meet the same academic criteria as
2    those enrolled in credit-bearing college courses,
3    including taking appropriate placement testing.
4        (4) Course content must be the same as that required
5    for credit-bearing college courses.
6        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as for
7    credit-bearing college courses and be appropriately
8    measured.
9        (6) Institutions shall provide high school instructors
10    with an orientation in course curriculum, assessment
11    methods, and administrative requirements before high
12    school instructors are permitted to teach dual credit
13    courses.
14        (7) Dual credit instructors must be given the
15    opportunity to participate in all activities available to
16    other adjunct faculty, including professional development,
17    seminars, site visits, and internal communication,
18    provided that such opportunities do not interfere with an
19    instructor's regular teaching duties.
20        (8) Every dual credit course must be reviewed annually
21    by faculty through the appropriate department to ensure
22    consistency with campus courses.
23        (9) Dual credit students must be assessed using methods
24    consistent with students in traditional credit-bearing
25    college courses.
26(Source: P.A. 96-194, eff. 1-1-10.)



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1    (110 ILCS 27/35 new)
2    Sec. 35. Dual Credit Grant. Subject to appropriation, the
3Illinois Community College Board shall award funds to community
4college districts to expand their service and lower costs for
5high school students desiring to take college-level classes
6prior to receiving their high school diploma to accelerate
7their college coursework.".