2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 8, 2019 - Introduced by Senator Bernier, cosponsored by
Representatives Kulp, Wittke, Tusler, Dittrich, Skowronski, Wichgers,
Krug, Kerkman and Murphy. Referred to Committee on Universities,
Technical Colleges, Children and Families.
1An Act to renumber and amend
115.28 (7) (a); to amend
115.28 (7g) (a) 2
(intro.), 115.28 (7g) (a) 1. and 115.383 (2) (intro.); and to create
115.28 (7) (a) 3
3. b., 115.28 (7) (a) 3. c. and 115.28 (7) (a) 4. of the statutes; relating to:
4requirements for teacher preparatory programs in this state, providing an
5exemption from emergency rule procedures, and requiring the exercise of
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, an individual must complete a teacher preparatory program
approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to qualify for a license
to teach under the traditional licensure pathway. A teacher preparatory program is
a sequence of courses included in a bachelor's degree program or post baccalaureate
degree program designed to prepare individuals for licensure. Current law requires
the SSPI to establish standards, requirements, and procedures related to approving
teacher preparatory programs.
Under the bill, in order to be approved by the SSPI, a teacher preparatory
program must provide at least six credits of instruction in literacy theory, skills, and
processes (literacy instruction) to individuals in the program who intend to apply for
a license to teach kindergarten to fifth grade, a license to teach special education, a
reading teacher license, or a reading specialist license. Under the bill, the literacy
instruction must align with the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of
Reading from the International Dyslexia Association. The bill also requires each
teacher preparatory program to submit syllabi, names of textbooks, and other
instructional material that will be used in the literacy instruction to the Department
of Public Instruction prior to offering the required literacy instruction. Finally, under
the bill, the SSPI must post on DPI's Internet site the information received from a
teacher preparatory program related to the literacy instruction before the teacher
preparatory program offers the literacy instruction.
Under current law, DPI must consult with the governor's office, the
chairpersons and ranking members of the education committees in the assembly and
senate, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and the
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities when performing
specific duties related to evaluating teacher preparatory programs. Under the bill,
DPI must also consult with the chairpersons and ranking members of the higher
education committees in the assembly and senate.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
115.28 (7) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 115.28 (7) (a) 1. and 2
amended to read:
(a) 1. License all teachers for the public schools of the state; make.
rules establishing standards of attainment and procedures for the 5
examination and licensing of teachers within the limits prescribed in ss. 118.19 (2) 6
and (3), 118.191, 118.1915, 118.192, 118.193, 118.194, 118.195, and 118.197;
by rule standards, requirements, and procedures for the approval 9
of teacher preparatory programs leading to licensure, including a all of the
requirement that, beginning on July 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, each 12
teacher preparatory program located in this state shall submit to the department a 13
list of individuals who have completed the program and who have been
recommended by the program for licensure under this subsection, together with each 2
individual's date of program completion, from each term or semester of the program's 3
most recently completed academic year; file.
in the state superintendent's office all papers relating to state teachers' 5
and register each such
115.28 (7) (a) 3. b. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 3. b. A requirement that, beginning on August 1, 2020, each 8
teacher preparatory program located in this state provide at least 6 credits of 9
instruction in literacy theory, skills, and processes that align with the most recent 10
Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading from the International 11
Dyslexia Association to individuals in the program who intend to apply for a license 12
to teach grades kindergarten to 5 or special education, a license as a reading teacher, 13
or a license as a reading specialist.
115.28 (7) (a) 3. c. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 3. c. A requirement that, before offering instruction required 16
under subd. 3. b., a teacher preparatory program submit syllabi, names of textbooks, 17
and other instructional material to the department to demonstrate that the teacher 18
preparatory program complies with subd. 3. b.
115.28 (7) (a) 4. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 4. Post information received from teacher preparatory programs 21
under subd. 3. c. on the department's Internet site. The state superintendent shall 22
ensure that information from a teacher preparatory program is posted on the 23
department's Internet site before the teacher preparatory program provides the 24
instruction required under subd. 3. b.
115.28 (7g) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) (intro.) The department shall, in consultation with the 2
governor's office, the chairpersons of the committees in the assembly and senate 3
whose subject matter is elementary and secondary education and ranking members 4
of those committees, the chairpersons of the committees in the assembly and senate
5whose subject matter is higher education and ranking members of those committees, 6
the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and the Wisconsin 7
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, do all of the following:
115.28 (7g) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. Determine how the performance of individuals who have 10
recently completed a teacher preparatory program described in s. 115.28 (7) (a) 3.
located in this state or a teacher education program described in s. 115.28 (7) (e) 2. 12
and located in this state will be used to evaluate the teacher preparatory and 13
education programs. The determination under this subdivision shall, at minimum, 14
define “recently completed" and identify measures to assess an individual's 15
performance, including the performance assessment made prior to making a 16
recommendation for licensure.
115.383 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) If the student information system is established under sub. 19
(1), each school district, charter school, and private school using the system under 20
sub. (1) shall include in the system the following information for each teacher 21
teaching in the school district or school who completed a teacher education program 22
described in s. 115.28 (7) (a) 3.
or (e) 2. and located in this state on or after January 23
1, 2012, or, for each teacher teaching in a private school participating in a parental 24
choice program under s. 118.60 or 119.23, who obtained a bachelor's degree from an 25
institution located in this state on or after July 1, 2010:
(1) Emergency rule authority.
Using the procedure under s. 227.24, the 3
department of public instruction may promulgate rules under s. 115.28 (7) (a) 3. that 4
are necessary to implement the changes in this act. Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) 5
(a) and (3), the department is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a 6
rule under this subsection as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of 7
the public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding 8
of emergency for a rule promulgated under this subsection.