- Teacher Quality and Effectiveness
- Align teacher preparation standards with K-12 student standards.
- Require that candidates for college teacher preparation programs pass the basic skills test prior to entry into the program.
- Strengthen teacher preparation in elementary mathematics and require teaching candidates to pass a math content exam.
- Require teaching candidates to complete at least one course online and also learn how to teach an online course to their students.
- Use student performance data to monitor the effectiveness of college of education teacher and administrator programs.
- Incorporate national standards for effective school leadership, such as the standards developed by the National Institute for School Leaders, into the licensing standards for principals.
Most of the amendments offered to the bill came from legislators aiming to soften or eliminate a number of the proposals aimed at teacher-training, evaluation, and assignment. All but a couple of these amendments were defeated, leaving the legislative changes sought by the Governor intact. Still, Commissioner Seagren was quoted as saying this constitutes a "good start (emphasis mine)," meaning we've got a ways to go. Further, seeing that the House has little in its bill resembling the Governor's suggested actions, the starting line may be fairly close to the finish line.
Here is the link to SF 3189.
An engrossment including yesterday's amendments should be available later today or tomorrow and I will post it when it's available.
I have to book to the Capitol right now, but will finish this description of yesterday's activity later today. Big news. FLASH! The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against Governor Pawlenty by declaring his unallotments from last year to be unconstitutional.