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Public Act 102-0516


 

Public Act 0516 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0516
 
HB3950 EnrolledLRB102 12547 CMG 17885 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
14-8.03 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/14-8.03)  (from Ch. 122, par. 14-8.03)
    Sec. 14-8.03. Transition services.
    (a) For purposes of this Section: ,
    "Independent living skills" may include, without
limitation, personal hygiene, health care, fitness, food
preparation and nutrition, home management and safety,
dressing and clothing care, financial management and wellness,
self-esteem, self-advocacy, self-determination, community
living, housing options, public safety, leisure and
recreation, and transportation.
    "Transition transition services" means a coordinated set
of activities for a child with a disability that (i) is
designed to be within a results-oriented process that is
focused on improving the academic and functional achievement
of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's
movement from school to post-school activities, including
post-secondary education, which may include for-credit
courses, career and technical education, and non-credit
courses and instruction, vocational education, integrated
employment (including supported employment), continuing and
adult education, adult services, independent living, or
community participation; (ii) is based on the individual
child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths,
preferences, and interests; and (iii) includes instruction,
related services, community experiences, the development of
employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and,
if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills, benefits
counseling and planning, work incentives education, and the
provision of a functional vocational evaluation. Transition
services for a child with a disability may be special
education, if provided as specially designed instruction, or a
related service if required to assist a child with a
disability to benefit from special education.
    (a-5) Beginning no later than the first individualized
education plan (IEP) in effect when the student turns age 14
1/2 (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team) and
updated annually thereafter, the IEP must include (i)
measurable post-secondary goals based upon age-appropriate
transition assessments and other information available
regarding the student that are related to training, education,
employment, and independent living skills and (ii) the
transition services needed to assist the student in reaching
those goals, including courses of study.
    As a component of transition planning, the school district
shall provide the student with information about the school
district's career and technical education (CTE) opportunities
and postsecondary CTE opportunities. The CTE information shall
include a list of programming options, the scope and sequence
of study for pursuing those options, and the locations of
those options. A student in high school with an IEP may enroll
in the school district's CTE program at any time if
participation in a CTE program is consistent with the
student's transition goals.
    (b) Transition planning must be conducted as part of the
IEP process and must be governed by the procedures applicable
to the development, review, and revision of the IEP, including
notices to the parents and student, parent and student
participation, and annual review. To appropriately assess and
develop IEP transition goals and transition services for a
child with a disability, additional participants may be
necessary and may be invited by the school district, parent,
or student to participate in the transition planning process.
Additional participants may include without limitation a
representative from the Department of Human Services or
another State agency, a case coordinator, or persons
representing other public or community agencies or services,
such as adult service providers, disability services
coordinators of or public community colleges, and a CTE
coordinator. The IEP shall identify each person responsible
for coordinating and delivering transition services. If the
IEP team determines that the student requires transition
services from a public or private entity outside of the school
district, the IEP team shall identify potential outside
resources, assign one or more IEP team members to contact the
appropriate outside entities, make the necessary referrals,
provide any information and documents necessary to complete
the referral, follow up with the entity to ensure that the
student has been successfully linked to the entity, and
monitor the student's progress to determine if the student's
IEP transition goals and benchmarks are being met. The
student's IEP shall indicate one or more specific time periods
during the school year when the IEP team shall review the
services provided by the outside entity and the student's
progress in such activities. The public school's
responsibility for delivering educational services does not
extend beyond the time the student leaves school or when the
student's eligibility ends due to age under this Article.
    (c) A school district shall submit annually a summary of
each eligible student's IEP transition goals and transition
services resulting from the IEP Team meeting to the
appropriate local Transition Planning Committee. If students
with disabilities who are ineligible for special education
services request transition services, local public school
districts shall assist those students by identifying
post-secondary school goals, delivering appropriate education
services, and coordinating with other agencies and services
for assistance.
(Source: P.A. 98-517, eff. 8-22-13.)
 
    Section 10. The Dual Credit Quality Act is amended by
changing Section 16 and by adding Section 40 as follows:
 
    (110 ILCS 27/16)
    Sec. 16. High school and community college partnership
agreements; dual credit. A community college district shall,
upon the request of a school district within the jurisdiction
of the community college district, enter into a partnership
agreement with the school district to offer dual credit
coursework.
    A school district may offer any course identified in the
Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core
Curriculum package under the Illinois Articulation Initiative
Act as a dual credit course on the campus of a high school of
the school district and may use a high school instructor who
has met the academic credential requirements under this Act to
teach the dual credit course.
    The partnership agreement shall include all of the
following:
        (1) The establishment of the school district's and the
    community college district's respective roles and
    responsibilities in providing the program and ensuring the
    quality and instructional rigor of the program. This must
    include an assurance that the community college district
    has appropriate academic control of the curriculum,
    consistent with any State or federal law and as required
    or negotiated with the Higher Learning Commission or other
    applicable accrediting agency.
        (2) The dual credit courses that the school district
    will offer its students and whether those courses will be
    offered on the high school or community college campus or
    through an online platform established by the Illinois
    Community College Board.
        (3) The establishment of academic criteria for
    granting eligibility for high school students to enroll in
    dual credit coursework. The academic criteria shall be
    evidence-based and shall include multiple appropriate
    measures to determine whether a student is prepared for
    any dual credit coursework in which the student enrolls.
        (4) The establishment of any limitations that the
    school district or community college district may put on
    course offerings due to availability of instructors, the
    availability of students for specific course offerings, or
    local board policy.
        (5) The requirement that the dual credit instructor
    meet the academic credential requirements to teach a dual
    credit course, consistent with paragraphs (1), (2), and
    (3) of Section 20 of this Act, but shall not be required to
    exceed those credentials.
        (6) The collaborative process and criteria by which
    the school district shall identify and recommend and the
    community college district shall review and approve high
    school instructors of dual credit courses taught on the
    campus of a high school. This provision shall require that
    the school district be responsible for hiring and
    compensating the instructor.
        (7) The requirement that a community college district
    take the appropriate steps to ensure that dual credit
    courses are equivalent to those courses offered at the
    community college in quality and rigor to qualify for
    college credit. The dual credit programs shall encompass
    the following characteristics:
            (A) Student learning outcomes expected for dual
        credit courses in General Education Core Curriculum
        courses and the professional and career and technical
        disciplines shall be the same as the student learning
        outcomes expected for the same courses taught on the
        postsecondary campus.
            (B) Course content, course delivery, and course
        rigor shall be evaluated by the community college
        chief academic officer or his or her designee, in
        consultation with the school district's superintendent
        or his or her designee. The evaluation shall be
        conducted in a manner that is consistent with the
        community college district's review and evaluation
        policy and procedures for on-campus adjunct faculty,
        including visits to the secondary class. This
        evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
        ability of the instructor to deliver quality, rigorous
        college credit coursework. This evaluation shall not
        impact the instructor's performance evaluation under
        Article 24A of the School Code.
            (C) The academic supports and, if applicable,
        guidance that will be provided to students
        participating in the program by the high school and
        the community college district.
        (8) Identify all fees and costs to be assessed by the
    community college district for dual credit courses. This
    provision shall require that any fees and costs assessed
    for dual credit courses shall be reasonable and promote
    student access to those courses, and may take into account
    regional considerations and differences.
        (8.5) The collaborative process and criteria by which
    a school district and a community college district shall
    work to ensure that individual students with disabilities
    have access to dual credit courses, provided that those
    students are able to meet the criteria for entry into a
    dual credit course. Through this process and criteria, the
    student shall have access to the supplementary aids and
    accommodations included in the student's individualized
    education program under Article 14 of the School Code or
    Section 504 plan under the federal Rehabilitation Act of
    1973 while the student is accessing a dual credit course
    on a high school campus, in accordance with established
    practices at the high school for providing these services.
    A student who accesses a dual credit course on a community
    college campus shall have access to supplementary aids and
    accommodations provided in the partnership agreement,
    including access to the community college's disability
    services. A school district and community college district
    shall work together to provide seamless communication
    about the student's progress.
        (9) The community college district shall establish a
    mechanism for evaluating and documenting on a regular
    basis the performance of students who complete dual credit
    courses, consistent with paragraph (9) of Section 20 and
    Section 30 of this Act, and for sharing that data in a
    meaningful and timely manner with the school district.
    This evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
    coursework. This evaluation shall not impact the
    instructor's performance evaluation under Article 24A of
    the School Code.
    If, within 180 calendar days of the school district's
initial request to enter into a partnership agreement with the
community college district, the school district and the
community college district do not reach agreement on the
partnership agreement, then the school district and community
college district shall jointly implement the provisions of the
Model Partnership Agreement established under Section 19 of
this Act for which local agreement could not be reached. A
community college district may combine its negotiations with
multiple school districts to establish one multi-district
partnership agreement or may negotiate individual partnership
agreements at its discretion.
(Source: P.A. 100-1049, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
    (110 ILCS 27/40 new)
    Sec. 40. Students with disabilities. Within one year after
the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
Assembly, each community college district in this State, in
partnership with the appropriate high schools, shall modify
its dual credit plan to ensure access to dual credit courses by
students with disabilities consistent with Section 16 of this
Act. The partnership agreement shall address how a high school
and community college district will ensure the incorporation
of an individualized education program or supplementary aids
and accommodations pursuant to a Section 504 plan under the
federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for students with
disabilities who enroll in dual credit courses.
 
    Section 15. The Public Community College Act is amended by
adding Section 3-29.14 as follows:
 
    (110 ILCS 805/3-29.14 new)
    Sec. 3-29.14. Students with disabilities.
    (a) Each community college district shall provide access
to higher education for students with disabilities, including,
but not limited to, students with intellectual or
developmental disabilities. Each community college is
encouraged to offer for-credit and non-credit courses as
deemed appropriate for the individual student based on the
student's abilities, interests, and postsecondary transition
goals, with the appropriate individualized supplementary aids
and accommodations, including general education courses,
career and technical education, vocational training,
continuing education certificates, individualized learning
paths, and life skills courses for students with disabilities.
    (b) Each community college is strongly encouraged to have
its disability services coordinator or the coordinator's
representative participate either in person or remotely in
meetings held by high schools within the community college
district to provide information to the student's
individualized education program team, including the student
and the student's parent or guardian, about the community
college and the availability of courses and programs at the
community college.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/20/2021