Concerning professional certification for teachers and school administrators (Bergquist, McCaslin, Stonier)

Changes the duties of the professional educator standards board with regard to professional certification for teachers and school administrators. Prohibits the board from requiring professional certification for school administrators.

The substitute bill includes provisions establishing the Professional CertificationCollaborative.

Rather than eliminating the statutory option of using the ProTeach Portfolio, the substitute bill directs the PESB to provide teachers with three options to obtain a professional certificate: (1) meet performance standards on the ProTeach Portfolio, (2) earn a National Board Certificate, or (3) earn 75 approved professional development credits. It is specified in the substitute bill that the activities to earn professional development credits may not be required by federal or state laws, or local school district policies, though the subject matter of the activity may be related to these requirements.

Rather than prohibiting the professional certification for school administrators, the substitute bill requires the PESB to adopt rules for professional administrator certification that are substantially similar to the professional development credit option for professional teacher certification.

The repealer of the certification renewal rules for teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related subjects is removed.

Additional specificity is provided regarding professional development activities that may count toward certification requirements. Language is removed requiring the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to develop a process for approving professional development activities, and clarification is provided that approved provider activities must meet specified requirements.
The allowable expenditures of the professional development credit-related certification fee is expanded to include the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's cost of administering the new certification option. Language specifying that the PESB must provide for means of assessing the subject knowledge of applicants for the professional teacher certificate is restored.
Internal references are corrected in the subsection related to qualifying for the professional teacher certificate. A sectional null and void is added. The section related to the professional educator collaborative is null and void unless funded in the budget.

EFFECT OF STRIKER AMENDMENT: Removes provisions requiring the Professional Educator Standards Board to adopt rules for a professional development credit option for principals and teachers to obtain a professional certificate. Creates a new, professional development based option for principals and teachers to renew their residency certificate in lieu of earning a professional certificate. Moves the initial and final report of the professional educator collaborative up by one year to 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

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