See also: SB 1209
Update on Implementation of SB 1209 and the Impact on SB 2042 Fifth Year of Study and Induction Programs
SB 1209 (Chapter 517, Statutes of 2006) effective January 1, 2007 enacts changes to requirements for the Induction and SB 2042 Fifth Year of Study Professional Clear Credential programs. The Education Code section pertaining to the requirements for a professional clear credential has changed emphasis as a result of SB 1209. These changes move the focus of the program from the current preparation that addresses specified curriculum to the "application of knowledge and skills previously acquired in a preliminary credential program." The necessary revisions pursuant to SB 1209 for approved BTSA Induction and Fifth Year of Study programs will be implemented over time.
Stage 1: Minor, but Appropriate Program Revisions
The first stage of the implementation of SB 1209 regarding the requirements for a professional clear credential will begin at the program level during the 2007-2008 academic year. The expectation for this time period is that programs will make appropriate program revisions that will serve the foundational purpose of moving programs, in sequenced advancement, away from coursework that is based on the study of content and towards a program that meets the requirements in law for the application and enhancement of skills previously acquired in a preliminary credential program. Under SB 1209 any coursework that is part of a program will need to focus on the application of skills in the classroom and the enhancement of prior knowledge in the work of the beginning teacher.
Stage 2: Commission and California Department of Education (CDE) Study of BTSA
SB 1209 (Chapter 517, Statutes of 2006) adds Education Code 44279.25:
"(a) By December 1, 2007, the Superintendent and the Commission shall report to the Legislature and the Governor on the current state of the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System. The report shall review the articulation of teacher preparation programs and teacher induction programs to eliminate duplicative requirements..."
A study of BTSA Induction is being conducted by the University of California, Riverside and will focus on Induction and Intern program implementation.
Stage 3: Review and Revise the Standards
Once the study has been completed, recommendations from the study will be contained in a report that is due to the Legislature and the Governor by December 1, 2007. Continuing in the new section 44279.25, SB 1209 requires a review and revision of the Induction Standards as follows:
(b) By July 1, 2008, the Superintendent and the commission shall review and revise, if necessary, the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs of March 2002 to ensure that these standards address the application of knowledge and skills previously acquired in a preliminary credential program and remove any requirements or activities that require the candidates to duplicate the acquisition of knowledge through coursework."
Once the induction program standards have been modified, comparable modifications will be made to the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Advanced Course Work for the Multiple Subject and Single Subject Professional Clear Teaching Credential. [PDF] The modifications to the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs [PDF] of March 2002 will be adopted by the Superintendent and Commission. The revised standards that apply to Fifth Year of Study programs will be adopted by the Commission.
Stage 4: Programs Submit Amendments
Therefore, the fourth stage in the implementation of SB 1209 regarding the requirements for a professional clear credential takes place after July 1, 2008. At this time all approved BTSA Induction and Fifth Year of Study programs will be expected to revise their programs to meet the adopted standards. Approved programs will need to submit amendments that describe how the program will be modified to meet the revised standards.
Questions related to the implementation of SB 1209 (Chapter 517, Statutes of 2006) and approved Induction programs or SB 2042 Fifth Year of Study programs should be directed to Karen Sacramento (firstname.lastname@example.org).