BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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          AB 2086 (Coto)
          As Amended  August 17, 2010
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |70-1 |(May 24, 2010)  |SENATE: |36-0 |(August 23,    |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2010)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    HIGHER ED.  

           SUMMARY  :  Requires specified teacher preparation programs and  
          institutions of higher education that participate in the  
          Cal-Grant Program to provide information on license examination  
          passage rates.  Specifically,  this bill  :

          1)Establishes legislative intent regarding the importance of  
            policymakers and teacher candidates to have access to  
            information regarding the quality of teacher preparation  
            programs, and that, as the California Educational Information  
            System is implemented over time, access to public information  
            already available on various measures of the quality of  
            teacher preparation programs should be available and  
          2)Requires teacher preparation programs that are not accredited  
            by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to provide  
            information to prospective candidates regarding the license  
            examination passage rates of completers of its program for the  
            most recent available year, if that data is available  
            electronically through the Internet Web site of the Commission  
            on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

          3)Requires CTC to provide all teacher preparation programs with  
            the appropriate electronic link to comply with the  
            aforementioned requirements and provides that, to the extent  
            feasible, the link may also include access to additional data  
            from the California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data  
            Education System (CALTIDES) regarding the types of programs  
            offered and the data on program effectiveness.

          4)Requires institutions of higher education that participate in  
            the Cal-Grant Program to provide information on  license  
            examination passage rates for the most recent year available  


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            from graduates of its programs leading to employment for which  
            passage of a licensing examination is required, if the data is  
            electronically available through the Web site of the licensing  
            or regulatory agency.  

          5)Establishes that "provide" may exclusively include placement  
            of an Internet address listed as an access point for the data  
            on the Internet Web site where enrollment information is  
            located, on the internet Web site that provides centralized  
            admissions information for postsecondary educational systems  
            with multiple campuses, or on applications for enrollment or  
            other program information distributed to students.

          6)Requires each postsecondary educational institution to certify  
            compliance with the above to the California Student Aid  
            Commission (CSAC).

           The Senate amendments  make technical and corrective changes, add  
          legislative findings, and establish specified requirements for  
          disclosure of teacher preparation program information.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY , this bill required institutions of  
          higher education that participate in the Cal-Grant Program to  
          provide information on license examination passage rates.

           EXISTING LAW  authorizes the Cal Grant Program, administered by  
          CSAC, to provide grants to financially needy students to attend  
          college and defines "qualifying institution" for purpose of  
          participation in the Cal Grant Program.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, minor one-time costs for the University of California  
          (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses offering  
          programs leading to state licensure to provide the required  
          website addresses to licensing agency examination results, and  
          minor ongoing costs for the campuses to certify compliance with  
          these requirements to CSAC.  Community college districts  
          offering programs leading to state licensure would incur minor  
          non-reimbursable costs similar to those for UC and CSU.  

           COMMENTS  :  Purpose of this bill:  According to the author,  
          students, parents, taxpayers, policymakers, and employers should  
          know if the higher education institutions and programs they  
          attend, support, and/or finance are effective in terms of  
          student learning and imparting the skills necessary to be  


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          successful in the workplace.  This bill ensures that one measure  
          of the effectiveness of postsecondary programs, the passage  
          rates for professional licensure examinations, is made publicly  
          available by the institutions.  

          Licensing entities that publish data:  This bill provides that  
          the data disclosure requirement is contingent upon the licensing  
          entity publishing that data.  It is unclear the degree to which  
          this requirement would ensure data is made available to students  
          and the public, as it does not appear that many licensing  
          entities currently disclose licensure examination passage rates  
          based on school of graduation.   

           Analysis Prepared by  :     Laura Metune / HIGHER ED. / (916) 319-  

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