SENATE, No. 2831

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED AUGUST 17, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

Senator† JAMES BEACH

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Diegnan and Pou

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Grants reciprocity to teachers with certain out-of-state certificates.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act granting reciprocity to teachers with certain out-of-state certificates and supplementing chapter 26 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† The State Board of Examiners shall issue an instructional certificate of eligibility to an out-of-state candidate who:

†††† a.†††† (1)† holds the equivalent of a valid certificate of eligibility or a valid provisional certificate issued by another state in a subject or grade level also offered in New Jersey; or (2)† holds an emergency certificate issued by another state in an appropriate subject or grade level;

†††† b.††† has passed a subject-matter test to receive his out-of-state endorsement or passed the appropriate New Jersey subject-matter test;

†††† c.†††† has passed a performance assessment that is approved by the state in which the certificate was issued, or, if the out-of-state candidate did not take or pass a state-approved performance assessment, the candidate shall pass a New Jersey approved performance assessment; and

†††† d.††† has at least one year of effective teaching experience as documented by a letter from the candidateís former supervisor, principal, or employing school districtís human resource officer.

 

†††† 2.††† If the out-of-state candidate has not completed an approved educator preparation program the candidate shall enroll in a New Jersey approved educator preparation program and complete any remaining college credits or coursework prior to the issuance of a standard instructional certificate.

 

†††† 3.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill authorizes the State Board of Examiners to issue a certificate of eligibility to teaching candidates, including alternate route candidates, who hold the equivalent of a certificate of eligibility or a provisional certificate from another state. †The bill also authorizes the board to issue a certificate of eligibility to a candidate who holds an emergency certificate issued by another state.

†††† In order to be eligible for the certificate of eligibility, a candidate must (1) hold the equivalent of a valid certificate of eligibility or a provisional certificate from another state in a subject or grade level also offered in New Jersey.† The candidate may also hold an emergency certificate issued by another state in an appropriate subject matter or grade level; (2) have passed a subject-matter test to receive the out-of-state endorsement or passed the appropriate New Jersey subject-matter test; (3) have passed a performance assessment that is approved by the state in which the certificate was issued, or, if the out-of-state candidate did not take or pass a state-approved performance assessment, the candidate must pass a New Jersey approved performance assessment; and (4) have at least one year of effective teaching experience as documented by a letter from the candidateís former supervisor, principal, or employing school districtís human resource officer.

†††† Under the bill, if the out-of-state candidate has not completed an approved educator preparation program the candidate will enroll in a New Jersey approved educator preparation program and complete any remaining college credits or coursework prior to the issuance of a standard instructional certificate.