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Full Text of SB0808  102nd General Assembly


Rep. Will Guzzardi

Filed: 5/4/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 808 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-30 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-30)
7    Sec. 21B-30. Educator testing.
8    (a) (Blank).
9    (b) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the
10State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall design
11and implement a system of examinations, which shall be
12required prior to the issuance of educator licenses. These
13examinations and indicators must be based on national and
14State professional teaching standards, as determined by the
15State Board of Education, in consultation with the State
16Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The State Board of



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1Education may adopt such rules as may be necessary to
2implement and administer this Section.
3    (c) (Blank).
4    (c-5) The State Board must adopt rules to implement a
5paraprofessional competency test. This test would allow an
6applicant seeking an Educator License with Stipulations with a
7paraprofessional educator endorsement to obtain the
8endorsement if he or she passes the test and meets the other
9requirements of subparagraph (J) of paragraph (2) of Section
1021B-20 other than the higher education requirements.
11    (d) All applicants seeking a State license shall be
12required to pass a test of content area knowledge for each area
13of endorsement for which there is an applicable test. There
14shall be no exception to this requirement. No candidate shall
15be allowed to student teach or serve as the teacher of record
16until he or she has passed the applicable content area test.
17    (e) (Blank).
18    (f) Except as otherwise provided in this Article,
19beginning on September 1, 2015, all candidates completing
20teacher preparation programs in this State and all candidates
21subject to Section 21B-35 of this Code are required to pass a
22teacher performance assessment approved by the State Board of
23Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation
24and Licensure Board. A candidate may not be required to submit
25test materials by video submission. Subject to appropriation,
26an individual who holds a Professional Educator License and is



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1employed for a minimum of one school year by a school district
2designated as Tier 1 under Section 18-8.15 may, after
3application to the State Board, receive from the State Board a
4refund for any costs associated with completing the teacher
5performance assessment under this subsection.
6    (g) The content area knowledge test and the teacher
7performance assessment shall be the tests that from time to
8time are designated by the State Board of Education, in
9consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
10Board, and may be tests prepared by an educational testing
11organization or tests designed by the State Board of
12Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation
13and Licensure Board. The test of content area knowledge shall
14assess content knowledge in a specific subject field. The
15tests must be designed to be racially neutral to ensure that no
16person taking the tests is discriminated against on the basis
17of race, color, national origin, or other factors unrelated to
18the person's ability to perform as a licensed employee. The
19score required to pass the tests shall be fixed by the State
20Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator
21Preparation and Licensure Board. The tests shall be
22administered not fewer than 3 times a year at such time and
23place as may be designated by the State Board of Education, in
24consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
26    The State Board shall implement a test or tests to assess



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1the speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills of
2applicants for an endorsement or a license issued under
3subdivision (G) of paragraph (2) of Section 21B-20 of this
4Code in the English language and in the language of the
5transitional bilingual education program requested by the
7    (h) Except as provided in Section 34-6 of this Code, the
8provisions of this Section shall apply equally in any school
9district subject to Article 34 of this Code.
10    (i) The rules developed to implement and enforce the
11testing requirements under this Section shall include without
12limitation provisions governing test selection, test
13validation and determination of a passing score,
14administration of the tests, frequency of administration,
15applicant fees, frequency of applicants taking the tests, the
16years for which a score is valid, and appropriate special
17accommodations. The State Board of Education shall develop
18such rules as may be needed to ensure uniformity from year to
19year in the level of difficulty for each form of an assessment.
20(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18;
21100-932, eff. 8-17-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220, eff.
228-7-19; 101-594, eff. 12-5-19.)
23    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
24becoming law.".