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Full Text of SB2838  100th General Assembly




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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 Sections 15 and 20 and by adding Sections 16, 17, 18,
619, 30, and 35 as follows:
7    (110 ILCS 27/15)
8    Sec. 15. Student academic standing access, eligibility,
9and attainment.
10    (a) The Illinois Community College Board and the Board of
11Higher Education shall develop policies to permit multiple
12appropriate measures using differentiated assessment for
13granting eligibility for dual credit to students. The measures
14developed shall ensure that a student is prepared for any
15coursework in which the student enrolls.
16    (b) Institutions may adopt policies to protect the academic
17standing of students who are not successful in dual credit
18courses, including, but not limited to, options for (i) late
19withdrawal from a course, or (ii) taking the course on a
20pass-fail basis, or both. All institutional policies relating
21to the academic standing of students enrolled in dual credit
22courses or the transfer of credit for dual credit courses must
23be made publicly available by the institution and provided to



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1each student enrolled in dual credit courses offered by that
3(Source: P.A. 96-194, eff. 1-1-10.)
4    (110 ILCS 27/16 new)
5    Sec. 16. High school and community college partnership
6agreements; dual credit. A community college district shall,
7upon the request of a school district within the jurisdiction
8of the community college district, enter into a partnership
9agreement with the school district to offer dual credit
11    A school district may offer any course identified in the
12Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core
13Curriculum package under the Illinois Articulation Initiative
14Act as a dual credit course on the campus of a high school of
15the school district and may use a high school instructor who
16has met the academic credential requirements under this Act to
17teach the dual credit course.
18    The partnership agreement shall include all of the
20        (1) The establishment of the school district's and the
21    community college district's respective roles and
22    responsibilities in providing the program and ensuring the
23    quality and instructional rigor of the program. This must
24    include an assurance that the community college district
25    has appropriate academic control of the curriculum,



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1    consistent with any State or federal law and as required or
2    negotiated with the Higher Learning Commission or other
3    applicable accrediting agency.
4        (2) The dual credit courses that the school district
5    will offer its students and whether those courses will be
6    offered on the high school or community college campus or
7    through an online platform established by the Illinois
8    Community College Board.
9        (3) The establishment of academic criteria for
10    granting eligibility for high school students to enroll in
11    dual credit coursework. The academic criteria shall be
12    evidence-based and shall include multiple appropriate
13    measures to determine whether a student is prepared for any
14    dual credit coursework in which the student enrolls.
15        (4) The establishment of any limitations that the
16    school district or community college district may put on
17    course offerings due to availability of instructors, the
18    availability of students for specific course offerings, or
19    local board policy.
20        (5) The requirement that the dual credit instructor
21    meet the academic credential requirements to teach a dual
22    credit course, consistent with paragraphs (1), (2), and (3)
23    of Section 20 of this Act, but shall not be required to
24    exceed those credentials.
25        (6) The collaborative process and criteria by which the
26    school district shall identify and recommend and the



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1    community college district shall review and approve high
2    school instructors of dual credit courses taught on the
3    campus of a high school. This provision shall require that
4    the school district be responsible for hiring and
5    compensating the instructor.
6        (7) The requirement that a community college district
7    take the appropriate steps to ensure that dual credit
8    courses are equivalent to those courses offered at the
9    community college in quality and rigor to qualify for
10    college credit. The dual credit programs shall encompass
11    the following characteristics:
12            (A) Student learning outcomes expected for dual
13        credit courses in General Education Core Curriculum
14        courses and the professional and career and technical
15        disciplines shall be the same as the student learning
16        outcomes expected for the same courses taught on the
17        postsecondary campus.
18            (B) Course content, course delivery, and course
19        rigor shall be evaluated by the community college chief
20        academic officer or his or her designee, in
21        consultation with the school district's superintendent
22        or his or her designee. The evaluation shall be
23        conducted in a manner that is consistent with the
24        community college district's review and evaluation
25        policy and procedures for on-campus adjunct faculty,
26        including visits to the secondary class. This



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1        evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
2        ability of the instructor to deliver quality, rigorous
3        college credit coursework. This evaluation shall not
4        impact the instructor's performance evaluation under
5        Article 24A of the School Code.
6            (C) The academic supports and, if applicable,
7        guidance that will be provided to students
8        participating in the program by the high school and the
9        community college district.
10        (8) Identify all fees and costs to be assessed by the
11    community college district for dual credit courses. This
12    provision shall require that any fees and costs assessed
13    for dual credit courses shall be reasonable and promote
14    student access to those courses, and may take into account
15    regional considerations and differences.
16        (9) The community college district shall establish a
17    mechanism for evaluating and documenting on a regular basis
18    the performance of students who complete dual credit
19    courses, consistent with paragraph (9) of Section 20 and
20    Section 30 of this Act, and for sharing that data in a
21    meaningful and timely manner with the school district. This
22    evaluation shall be limited to the course and the
23    coursework. This evaluation shall not impact the
24    instructor's performance evaluation under Article 24A of
25    the School Code.
26    If, within 180 calendar days of the school district's



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1initial request to enter into a partnership agreement with the
2community college district, the school district and the
3community college district do not reach agreement on the
4partnership agreement, then the school district and community
5college district shall jointly implement the provisions of the
6Model Partnership Agreement established under Section 19 of
7this Act for which local agreement could not be reached. A
8community college district may combine its negotiations with
9multiple school districts to establish one multi-district
10partnership agreement or may negotiate individual partnership
11agreements at its discretion.
12    (110 ILCS 27/17 new)
13    Sec. 17. Out-of-state dual credit contracts. On or after
14the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General
15Assembly, a school district may not enter into a new contract
16with an out-of-state institution to provide a dual credit
17course without first offering the community college district in
18the district in which the school district is located the
19opportunity to provide the course. Prior to entering into a
20contract with an out-of-state institution, the school district
21shall notify the Board of Higher Education of its intent to
22enter into an agreement with an out-of-state institution. The
23Board of Higher Education shall have 30 days to provide the
24school district with a list of in-state institutions that can
25provide the school district an equivalent dual credit



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1opportunity. In deciding which dual credit courses to offer, a
2school district reserves the right to evaluate any dual credit
3course offered by any institution for quality, rigor, and
4alignment with the school district's students' needs.
5    Agreements to provide dual credit courses between a school
6district and an out-of-state institution in existence on the
7effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General
8Assembly shall remain in effect and shall not be impacted by
9this Section.
10    (110 ILCS 27/18 new)
11    Sec. 18. Recognition of dual credit coursework completion.
12Any General Education Core Curriculum dual credit coursework
13completed by a high school student under this Act must be
14recognized as credit-bearing college-level coursework meeting
15General Education Core Curriculum requirements, consistent
16with the Illinois Articulation Initiative Act, if the course or
17courses have an existing Illinois Articulation Initiative code
18at the community college. Dual credit coursework completed by a
19high school student under this Act is transferrable to all
20public institutions in this State on the same basis as
21coursework completed by a public community college student who
22has previously earned a high school diploma in the manner set
23forth under the Illinois Articulation Initiative Act.
24    (110 ILCS 27/19 new)



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1    Sec. 19. Model Partnership Agreement and Dual Credit
2Committee. A Model Partnership Agreement shall be developed
3through a Dual Credit Committee involving collaboration
4between the Illinois Community College Board and the State
5Board of Education by June 30, 2019. The Committee shall
6consist of 5 members appointed by the State Superintendent of
7Education and 5 members appointed by the Executive Director of
8the Illinois Community College Board. The Model Partnership
9Agreement shall address all of the matters set forth in Section
1016 of this Act.
11    (110 ILCS 27/20)
12    Sec. 20. Standards. All institutions offering dual credit
13courses shall meet the following standards:
14        (1) High school instructors teaching credit-bearing
15    college-level courses for dual credit must meet any of the
16    academic credential requirements set forth in paragraph
17    (1), (2), or (3) of this Section and need not meet higher
18    certification requirements or those set out in Article 21B
19    of the School Code:
20            (A) Approved instructors of dual credit courses
21        shall meet any of the faculty credential standards
22        allowed by the Higher Learning Commission to determine
23        minimally qualified faculty. At the request of an
24        instructor, an instructor who meets these credential
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1        Education with a Dual Credit Endorsement, to be placed
2        on the professional educator license, as established
3        by the State Board of Education and as authorized under
4        Article 21B of the School Code and promulgated through
5        administrative rule in cooperation with the Illinois
6        Community College Board and the Board of Higher
7        Education.
8            (B) An instructor who does not meet the faculty
9        credential standards allowed by the Higher Learning
10        Commission to determine minimally qualified faculty
11        may teach dual credit courses if the instructor has a
12        professional development plan, approved by the
13        institution and shared with the State Board of
14        Education, within 4 years of the effective date of this
15        amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, to raise
16        his or her credentials to be in line with the
17        credentials under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph
18        (1). The institution shall have 30 days to review the
19        plan and approve an instructor professional
20        development plan that is in line with the credentials
21        set forth in paragraph (2) of this Section. The
22        institution shall not unreasonably withhold approval
23        of a professional development plan. These approvals
24        shall be good for as long as satisfactory progress
25        toward the completion of the credential is
26        demonstrated, but in no event shall a professional



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



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1        (4) Course content must be equivalent to
2    credit-bearing college-level courses offered at the
3    community college.
4        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as
5    credit-bearing college-level courses and be appropriately
6    measured.
7        (6) A high school instructor is expected to participate
8    in any orientation developed by the institution for dual
9    credit instructors in course curriculum, assessment
10    methods, and administrative requirements.
11        (1) Instructors teaching credit-bearing college-level
12    courses for dual credit must meet the same academic
13    credential requirements as faculty teaching on campus and
14    need not meet certification requirements set out in Article
15    21 of the School Code.
16        (2) Instructors in career and technical education
17    courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
18    teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
19    instruction.
20        (3) Students must meet the same academic criteria as
21    those enrolled in credit-bearing college courses,
22    including taking appropriate placement testing.
23        (4) Course content must be the same as that required
24    for credit-bearing college courses.
25        (5) Learning outcomes must be the same as for
26    credit-bearing college courses and be appropriately



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1    measured.
2        (6) Institutions shall provide high school instructors
3    with an orientation in course curriculum, assessment
4    methods, and administrative requirements before high
5    school instructors are permitted to teach dual credit
6    courses.
7        (7) Dual credit instructors must be given the
8    opportunity to participate in all activities available to
9    other adjunct faculty, including professional development,
10    seminars, site visits, and internal communication,
11    provided that such opportunities do not interfere with an
12    instructor's regular teaching duties.
13        (8) Every dual credit course must be reviewed annually
14    by faculty through the appropriate department to ensure
15    consistency with campus courses.
16        (9) Dual credit students must be assessed using methods
17    consistent with students in traditional credit-bearing
18    college courses.
19(Source: P.A. 96-194, eff. 1-1-10.)
20    (110 ILCS 27/35 new)
21    Sec. 35. Dual Credit Grant. Subject to appropriation, the
22Illinois Community College Board shall award funds to community
23college districts to expand their service and lower costs for
24high school students desiring to take college-level classes
25prior to receiving their high school diploma to accelerate



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1their college coursework.