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Full Text of HB1884  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/17/2021, by Rep. Amy Elik


110 ILCS 27/20

    Amends the Dual Credit Quality Act. Provides that a community college and rural school district that have a partnership agreement in existence on the effective date of the amendatory Act may amend their partnership agreement to allow high school instructors that do not have a master's degree to otherwise qualify for a professional development plan in accordance with the Act. Provides that any changes to a partnership agreement must be done with the express intent to address the needs of the rural school district and shall be examined by the Illinois Community College Board and State Board of Education to ensure that the quality and instructional rigor of the course meet the requirements of the Act. Effective immediately.

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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 Dual Credit Quality Act is amended by
5changing Section 20 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 27/20)
7    Sec. 20. Standards. All institutions offering dual credit
8courses shall meet the following standards:
9        (1) High school instructors teaching credit-bearing
10    college-level courses for dual credit must meet any of the
11    academic credential requirements set forth in this
12    paragraph or paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this Section
13    and need not meet higher certification requirements or
14    those set out in Article 21B of the School Code:
15            (A) Approved instructors of dual credit courses
16        shall meet any of the faculty credential standards
17        allowed by the Higher Learning Commission to determine
18        minimally qualified faculty. At the request of an
19        instructor, an instructor who meets these credential
20        standards shall be provided by the State Board of
21        Education with a Dual Credit Endorsement, to be placed
22        on the professional educator license, as established
23        by the State Board of Education and as authorized



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1        under Article 21B of the School Code and promulgated
2        through administrative rule in cooperation with the
3        Illinois Community College Board and the Board of
4        Higher Education.
5            (B) An instructor who does not meet the faculty
6        credential standards allowed by the Higher Learning
7        Commission to determine minimally qualified faculty
8        may teach dual credit courses if the instructor has a
9        professional development plan, approved by the
10        institution and shared with the State Board of
11        Education, within 4 years of January 1, 2019 (the
12        effective date of Public Act 100-1049) this amendatory
13        Act of the 100th General Assembly, to raise his or her
14        credentials to be in line with the credentials under
15        subparagraph (A) of this paragraph (1). The
16        institution shall have 30 days to review the plan and
17        approve an instructor professional development plan
18        that is in line with the credentials set forth in
19        paragraph (2) of this Section. The institution shall
20        not unreasonably withhold approval of a professional
21        development plan. These approvals shall be good for as
22        long as satisfactory progress toward the completion of
23        the credential is demonstrated, but in no event shall
24        a professional development plan be in effect for more
25        than 3 years from the date of its approval. A high
26        school instructor whose professional development plan



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1        is not approved by the institution may appeal to the
2        Illinois Community College Board or the Board of
3        Higher Education, as appropriate.
4            (C) The Illinois Community College Board shall
5        report yearly on its Internet website the number of
6        teachers who have approved professional development
7        plans under this Section.
8        (2) A high school instructor shall qualify for a
9    professional development plan if the instructor:
10            (A) has a master's degree in any discipline and
11        has earned 9 graduate hours in a discipline in which he
12        or she is currently teaching or expects to teach; or
13            (B) has a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 18
14        graduate hours in a discipline that he or she is
15        currently teaching or expects to teach and is enrolled
16        in a discipline-specific master's degree program; and
17            (C) agrees to demonstrate his or her progress
18        toward completion to the supervising institution, as
19        outlined in the professional development plan.
20        (3) An instructor in career and technical education
21    courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
22    teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
23    instruction.
24        (4) Course content must be equivalent to
25    credit-bearing college-level courses offered at the
26    community college.



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1        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as
2    credit-bearing college-level courses and be appropriately
3    measured.
4        (6) A high school instructor is expected to
5    participate in any orientation developed by the
6    institution for dual credit instructors in course
7    curriculum, assessment methods, and administrative
8    requirements.
9        (7) Dual credit instructors must be given the
10    opportunity to participate in all activities available to
11    other adjunct faculty, including professional development,
12    seminars, site visits, and internal communication,
13    provided that such opportunities do not interfere with an
14    instructor's regular teaching duties.
15        (8) Every dual credit course must be reviewed annually
16    by faculty through the appropriate department to ensure
17    consistency with campus courses.
18        (9) Dual credit students must be assessed using
19    methods consistent with students in traditional
20    credit-bearing college courses.
21        (10) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
22    Section, a community college and rural school district, as
23    defined by the State Board of Education, that have a
24    partnership agreement in existence on the effective date
25    of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly may
26    amend their partnership agreement to allow high school



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1    instructors that do not have a master's degree to
2    otherwise qualify for a professional development plan in
3    accordance with this Act. Any changes to a partnership
4    agreement under this paragraph (10) must be done with the
5    express intent to address the needs of the rural school
6    district and shall be examined by the Illinois Community
7    College Board and State Board of Education to ensure that
8    the quality and instructional rigor of the course meet the
9    requirements of this Act.
10(Source: P.A. 100-1049, eff. 1-1-19; revised 7-16-19.)
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12becoming law.