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Full Text of SB1488  103rd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/7/2023, by Sen. Tom Bennett


105 ILCS 5/21B-30

    Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning educator testing, removes the provision that requires the teacher performance assessment to be approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. Provides instead that each teacher preparation program in this State may use any evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness that aligns to current State teaching standards. Effective July 1, 2023.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
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
17Education may adopt such rules as may be necessary to
18implement and administer this Section.
19    (c) (Blank).
20    (c-5) The State Board must adopt rules to implement a
21paraprofessional competency test. This test would allow an
22applicant seeking an Educator License with Stipulations with a
23paraprofessional educator endorsement to obtain the



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1endorsement if he or she passes the test and meets the other
2requirements of subparagraph (J) of paragraph (2) of Section
321B-20 other than the higher education requirements.
4    (d) All applicants seeking a State license shall be
5required to pass a test of content area knowledge for each area
6of endorsement for which there is an applicable test. There
7shall be no exception to this requirement. No candidate shall
8be allowed to student teach or serve as the teacher of record
9until he or she has passed the applicable content area test.
10    (e) (Blank).
11    (f) Except as otherwise provided in this Article,
12beginning on September 1, 2015, all candidates completing
13teacher preparation programs in this State and all candidates
14subject to Section 21B-35 of this Code are required to pass a
15teacher performance assessment approved by the State Board of
16Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation
17and Licensure Board. Each teacher preparation program in this
18State may use any evidence-based assessment of teacher
19effectiveness that aligns to current State teaching standards
20in order for a candidate to meet the requirements of this
21subsection (f). A candidate may not be required to submit test
22materials by video submission. Subject to appropriation, an
23individual who holds a Professional Educator License and is
24employed for a minimum of one school year by a school district
25designated as Tier 1 under Section 18-8.15 may, after
26application to the State Board, receive from the State Board a



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1refund for any costs associated with completing the teacher
2performance assessment under this subsection.
3    (g) The content area knowledge test and the teacher
4performance assessment shall be the tests that from time to
5time are designated by the State Board of Education, in
6consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
7Board, and may be tests prepared by an educational testing
8organization or tests designed by the State Board of
9Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation
10and Licensure Board. The test of content area knowledge shall
11assess content knowledge in a specific subject field. The
12tests must be designed to be racially neutral to ensure that no
13person taking the tests is discriminated against on the basis
14of race, color, national origin, or other factors unrelated to
15the person's ability to perform as a licensed employee. The
16score required to pass the tests shall be fixed by the State
17Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator
18Preparation and Licensure Board. The tests shall be
19administered not fewer than 3 times a year at such time and
20place as may be designated by the State Board of Education, in
21consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
23    The State Board shall implement a test or tests to assess
24the speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills of
25applicants for an endorsement or a license issued under
26subdivision (G) of paragraph (2) of Section 21B-20 of this



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1Code in the English language and in the language of the
2transitional bilingual education program requested by the
4    (h) Except as provided in Section 34-6 of this Code, the
5provisions of this Section shall apply equally in any school
6district subject to Article 34 of this Code.
7    (i) The rules developed to implement and enforce the
8testing requirements under this Section shall include without
9limitation provisions governing test selection, test
10validation and determination of a passing score,
11administration of the tests, frequency of administration,
12applicant fees, frequency of applicants taking the tests, the
13years for which a score is valid, and appropriate special
14accommodations. The State Board of Education shall develop
15such rules as may be needed to ensure uniformity from year to
16year in the level of difficulty for each form of an assessment.
17(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19;
18101-594, eff. 12-5-19; 102-301, eff. 8-26-21.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,