Legislature(2019 - 2020)CAPITOL 106

04/17/2019 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 17, 2019                                                                                         
                           8:04 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Harriet Drummond, Co-Chair                                                                                       
Representative Andi Story, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                 
Representative Josh Revak                                                                                                       
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 128                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to national board certification for public                                                                     
school teachers."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 128                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: TEACHERS: NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KREISS-TOMKINS                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
04/09/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/09/19       (H)       EDC, CRA                                                                                               
04/17/19       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JOHN SCANLON, Staff                                                                                                             
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  On behalf of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins,                                                              
prime sponsor, presented HB 128.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SONDRA MEREDITH, Administrator                                                                                                  
Teacher Education and Certification                                                                                             
Department of Education and Early Development                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions  during the hearing of HB                                                             
128.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TIM PARKER, President                                                                                                           
National Education Association-Alaska                                                                                           
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  invited  testimony  during  the                                                             
hearing of HB 128.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TAMARA VAN WYHE, Director                                                                                                       
Division of Educator and School Excellence                                                                                      
Department of Education and Early Development                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  invited  testimony  during  the                                                             
hearing of HB 128.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
NORM WOOTEN, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Association of Alaska School Boards                                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  invited  testimony  during  the                                                             
hearing of HB 128.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BEN MURRAY, Substitute Teacher                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Provided comments  not on  topic with  the                                                             
published agenda.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
LISA SKILES PARADY, PhD, Executive Director                                                                                     
Alaska Council of School Administrators                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in support during  the hearing of                                                             
HB 128.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:04:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
CO-CHAIR  ANDI   STORY  called   the  House   Education  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   8:04  a.m.    Representatives                                                               
Hopkins, Drummond,  Revak, Tuck,  and Story  were present  at the                                                               
call to order.   Representatives Zulkosky and  Johnson arrived as                                                               
the meeting was in progress.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
         HB 128-TEACHERS: NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:04:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY announced  the only  order of  business would  be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO.   128,  "An  Act  relating   to  national  board                                                               
certification for public school teachers."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:05:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  SCANLON,  Staff,  Representative  Jonathan  Kreiss-Tomkins,                                                               
Alaska State  Legislature, informed the  committee HB 128  is the                                                               
product  of  many  conversations between  Representative  Kreiss-                                                               
Tomkins  and educators,  superintendents, and  the Department  of                                                               
Education and  Early Development (EED), about  how to effectively                                                               
elevate the  prestige of the  teaching profession in Alaska  in a                                                               
cost-neutral  manner.     As  a  result   of  these  discussions,                                                               
Representative Kreiss-Tomkins focused on  the value of a National                                                               
Board for Professional  Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.                                                               
He  paraphrased from  the following  sponsor statement  [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     HB 128 represents a commitment  from the legislature to                                                                    
     elevate  the prestige  of  the  teaching profession  in                                                                    
     Alaska.  National Board  certification is  reserved for                                                                    
     educators who  voluntarily undertake,  and successfully                                                                    
     complete,    a     rigorous    certification    process                                                                    
     administered  by the  National  Board for  Professional                                                                    
     Teaching  Standards.   The  certification   process  is                                                                    
     recognized  as an  invaluable  learning experience  for                                                                    
     educators  that   also  results  in   improved  student                                                                    
     outcomes. In  Alaska and  across the  country, National                                                                    
     Board certification is considered  the gold standard of                                                                    
     professional  development  for teachers.  Certification                                                                    
     by  the  National  Board is  an  indicator  of  teacher                                                                    
     quality.  Many  studies  have concluded  that  National                                                                    
     Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)  are more effective in                                                                    
     the classroom  and that students  of NBCTs  have better                                                                    
     academic achievement.  By displaying in  public schools                                                                    
     the name  of each NBCT  who teaches at that  school, HB                                                                    
     128   creates   a    halo   around   this   superlative                                                                    
     certification,  imparts upon  the community  and school                                                                    
     the  value of  NBCTs,  and  celebrates the  hard-earned                                                                    
     accomplishments  of NBCTs.  HB 128  also sets  the goal                                                                    
     that four  percent of public school  teachers in Alaska                                                                    
     will be National Board certified  by 2025   which would                                                                    
     nearly double the current number of NBCTs.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SCANLON explained  HB 128  has two  components that  seek to                                                               
elevate  the   prestige  of,  and   respect  for,   the  teaching                                                               
profession in  Alaska.  The  first component is that  each public                                                               
school shall  display in  a prominent location  the name  of each                                                               
NBCT  teaching   in  that  school,   which  will   celebrate  the                                                               
accomplishments of  the National Board for  Professional Teaching                                                               
Standards (NBPTS) board certified  teachers before the school and                                                               
its surrounding  community at no cost  to the state.   The second                                                               
component within the bill is the  goal of the legislature that by                                                               
2025 at least  4 percent of all public school  teachers in Alaska                                                               
will  have achieved  national  board  certification, which  would                                                               
nearly  double the  number of  NBCTs in  Alaska from  the present                                                               
number of 193.  He concluded  passage of HB 128 would represent a                                                               
commitment from  the legislature to  elevate the prestige  of the                                                               
teaching profession in Alaska.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:09:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  expressed her support  for the bill  and asked                                                               
how much  it costs  an individual teacher  to become  NBPTS board                                                               
certified.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SCANLON said  the  total cost  of  certification is  $1,900,                                                               
which  includes four  components  at a  cost of  $475  each.   In                                                               
further   response   to   Co-Chair    Drummond,   he   said   the                                                               
certifications are  in effect  for five years;  he was  unsure of                                                               
the cost  of renewal, but  advised recertification is  a rigorous                                                               
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY asked  Mr. Scanlon  to  review the  certification                                                               
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SCANLON  explained  the process  can  be  completed  largely                                                               
online in  one, or up  to five, year(s), although  some in-person                                                               
components require  attendance at  a testing  center.   He listed                                                               
and described the following four  components of the certification                                                               
process:      content   knowledge  and   pedagogical   practices;                                                               
differentiation  in   instruction,  which  focuses   on  teaching                                                               
students  of  various  abilities   in  one  classroom;  improving                                                               
teaching practice  and classroom  environment, in  which teachers                                                               
are filmed  and reviewed;  effective and  reflective practitioner                                                               
instruction, which helps to cultivate  certain desired aspects of                                                               
teaching.   Mr.  Scanlon  offered to  provide additional  written                                                               
information  in this  regard.   In further  response to  Co-Chair                                                               
Story, he was unsure of the  number of hours that are required to                                                               
obtain   a  certification   and  said   he  would   provide  this                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY pointed  out [the  bill has  a zero  fiscal note,                                                               
Fiscal Note  ID HB128-EED-TC-04-11-19] and expressed  her concern                                                               
[without financial support from EED]  there may be a disincentive                                                               
created  for teachers  who  do not  have  the personal  resources                                                               
necessary  to obtain  a certification.    She questioned  whether                                                               
some school districts  contribute to teachers' costs  to obtain a                                                               
certification.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. SCANLON  deferred to  EED.  He  acknowledged the  sponsor was                                                               
made aware that cost was  a significant barrier to national board                                                               
certification.   At one  time in  2012-2013, EED  administrated a                                                               
subsidy  funded  by  a  federal  grant.   The  sponsor  seeks  to                                                               
identify  state  or  non-state  funding to  offset  the  cost  of                                                               
certification; however,  HB 128 would  be the "first step"  and a                                                               
commitment from the legislature.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   STORY   inquired  as   to   why   federal  funds   for                                                               
certifications were available in 2012-2013.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. SCANLON did not know.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:16:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SONDRA   MEREDITH,    Administrator,   Teacher    Education   and                                                               
Certification,  Department of  Education  and Early  Development,                                                               
informed the  committee subsequent  to reauthorization  of [Title                                                               
I,  the Elementary  and Secondary  Education Act  (ESEA)] federal                                                               
passthrough  funds  are  no  longer available.    At  the  school                                                               
district level,  she suggested  one or  two larger  districts may                                                               
have stipends or  bonuses available.  In further  response to Co-                                                               
Chair  Story, she  confirmed EED  only  administered funding  for                                                               
certifications that  was sourced  from "passthrough  funding that                                                               
we  received from  the federal  government  through the  national                                                               
board  organization itself";  the federal  funds provided  ten to                                                               
fifteen  stipends  that  were  awarded  at  Title  I  schools  to                                                               
teachers that applied for the stipends.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY asked for the cost for renewing a certification.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEREDITH was unaware of the cost for renewal.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked for the amount of each stipend.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEREDITH said approximately one-half of the cost.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HOPKINS   asked   whether  the   cost   of   the                                                               
certification was deductible from federal taxes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEREDITH was unaware of a tax deduction.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:19:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIM  PARKER,  President,  National  Education  Association-Alaska                                                               
(NEA-Alaska), informed the committee he  is a high school English                                                               
teacher in  Fairbanks.   Mr. Parker  said NEA-Alaska  supports HB                                                               
128; teachers  in Alaska seek  increases in student  learning and                                                               
NBPTS  board certified  teachers see  increased learning  because                                                               
they have worked for at least  one year focused on better ways to                                                               
improve learning.  He recalled  a similar bill [SB 188 introduced                                                               
in the Thirtieth Alaska State  Legislature] also included funding                                                               
for  the  [certifications].   Mr.  Parker  advised  teachers  are                                                               
challenged by  the approximate  $2,000 cost  of a  national board                                                               
certification,   even though the  process can be spread  out over                                                               
five  years and  each of  four components  cost about  $500.   He                                                               
stressed  the certification  process is  professional development                                                               
that  is  intensive,  unique,  and focused  on  many  aspects  of                                                               
student learning  in language  arts, music,  math, and  all other                                                               
subjects.   Further, the certification  allows teachers  to focus                                                               
on the content  of each lesson and on student  learning.  The job                                                               
of a  teacher in the process  of obtaining a certification  is to                                                               
prove that student learning is  taking place in his/her classroom                                                               
through testing,  video demonstration, analysis of  a lesson, and                                                               
reflection.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:23:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARKER  characterized  the  certification  as  difficult  to                                                               
attain,   but  an   achievement  in   which  teachers   are  very                                                               
interested.     In   fact,  once   per  year   NEA-Alaska  offers                                                               
preparation  training for  the  certification  process, known  as                                                               
"Jump Start," in  Anchorage and other locations.   He pointed out                                                               
the  actual  number  of   board  certificated  teachers  actively                                                               
teaching  in Alaska  classrooms is  less than  193, which  is the                                                               
total number  who are  registered.   He opined  the goal  for the                                                               
number of NBPTS board certified  teachers in Alaska should not be                                                               
the bill's goal  of 4 percent, but should be  10-20 percent.  For                                                               
example, the  State of  Washington provides  financial incentives                                                               
for NBPTS board certified teachers  of $5,000 per year, increased                                                               
to $10,000 for NBPTS board  certified teachers who have positions                                                               
serving Title  I schools, thus  about 20 percent  of Washington's                                                               
teachers are NBPTS board certified.   Mr. Parker said to attain a                                                               
higher percentage in  Alaska there must be help with  the cost of                                                               
the initial  certification and  the renewal  fee of  $1,250 after                                                               
five years.   Unfortunately,  there is not  much of  an incentive                                                               
for  teachers in  Alaska, so  teachers feel  this is  not a  high                                                               
priority in the state.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND  asked  for clarification  on  the  incentives                                                               
offered in  Washington [$5,397 to NBPTS  board certified teachers                                                               
and $5,000 to teach in Title I schools].                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. PARKER  further explained Washington sought  to attain equity                                                               
in education by  encouraging teachers to move to  "hard to reach"                                                               
schools;  he has  heard  this  effort has  been  successful.   In                                                               
further  response to  Co-Chair Drummond,  he said  the incentives                                                               
are paid each year.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:28:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HOPKINS   questioned  why   self-reflection   is                                                               
important to becoming a better educator.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARKER  said  self-reflection  is key  to  success  in  many                                                               
professions because  one has to  think about and  improve his/her                                                               
practice.     The  National   Board  for   Professional  Teaching                                                               
Standards developed five  core propositions that focus  on how to                                                               
become  an  accomplished  teacher:   teachers  are  committed  to                                                               
students  and their  learning; teachers  know  the subjects  they                                                               
teach and how  to teach those subjects to  students; teachers are                                                               
responsible  for   managing  and  monitoring   student  learning;                                                               
teachers  think systematically  about  their  practice and  learn                                                               
from experience;  teachers are  members of  learning communities.                                                               
He remarked:                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Those  five   drive  the  entire  process   and  you're                                                                    
     constantly thinking about those  five, applying them to                                                                    
     every area of your practice,  looking for the best ways                                                                    
     that you  can make  that student learning  thing happen                                                                    
     in your classrooms.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK recalled  at  one time  EED was  videotaping                                                               
teachers in Alaska classrooms.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARKER  deferred to  EED  for  specific  information.     He                                                               
acknowledged  at one  time videos  were reviewed  as part  of the                                                               
certification process;  he cautioned the program  was complicated                                                               
and he  was unsure when  or why it  was withdrawn.   He described                                                               
the video procedure associated with NBPTS board certification.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:31:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY inquired  as to the NEA-Alaska  Jump Start program                                                               
and whether NEA-Alaska has considered  providing match funding to                                                               
encourage teachers to apply for board certification.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARKER  said  NEA-Alaska  has considered  a  match  or  loan                                                               
program, but funding  is not currently available.   Jump Start is                                                               
held for one week at the end  of the school year in Anchorage and                                                               
is  open  to all  members;  transportation,  housing, and  highly                                                               
qualified  instruction  is provided.    The  workshop is  usually                                                               
attended by 20-30 teachers.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  asked how much  time is required for  the renewal                                                               
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARKER expressed  his understanding  the renewal  process is                                                               
not as intensive  as the four components of  certification but is                                                               
rigorous.  He deferred to a representative from EED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:35:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMARA  VAN  WYHE,  Director, Division  of  Educator  and  School                                                               
Excellence, Department  of Education and Early  Development, said                                                               
she is a NBPTS board  certified teacher, an achievement for which                                                               
she  is  proud.    She   informed  the  committee  educators  not                                                               
practicing  in a  classroom  are eligible  to  renew their  board                                                               
certification  through a  modified process  at about  one-half of                                                               
the  cost.   In  further  response to  Co-Chair  Story, she  said                                                               
according to  EED, there are  58 NBPTS board  certified educators                                                               
teaching in Alaska classrooms.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS asked for information about NBPTS.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VAN  WYHE  explained  NBPTS is  a  national  organization  -                                                               
comparable to the  Council of Chief State School  Officers - that                                                               
comes  together  for  one  purpose:   teacher  excellence.    The                                                               
organization  has an  executive  director and  board members  who                                                               
represent entities from across the country.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS asked  whether NBPTS  board certification                                                               
is transferable between states.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VAN   WYHE  said  yes,   the  certification   is  recognized                                                               
nationally.   In further response to  Representative Hopkins, she                                                               
suggested  the  certification  helps  teacher  retention  because                                                               
educators  who  seek board  certification  are  very invested  in                                                               
their  profession.    Further, a  recommendation  out  of  [EED's                                                               
strategic plan  component Alaska's  Education Challenge]  is that                                                               
attaining board  certification is  a way  to retain  teachers and                                                               
encourage teachers  to stay in  the classroom; although  the data                                                               
in Alaska  is unclear, those  who pursue board  certification are                                                               
"on kind  of a  leadership track,"  and she  spoke in  support of                                                               
incentives to  keep educators in  the classroom and  in high-need                                                               
schools.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:42:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND stressed the  importance of supporting teachers                                                               
financially, and  observed Ms.  Van Wyhe is  an appointee  to the                                                               
Professional Teaching Practices Commission, EED.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  asked whether  the State  Board of  Education and                                                               
Early  Development has  considered funding  incentives for  board                                                               
certification.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. VAN  WYHE declined to speak  for the board; however,  as part                                                               
of  the EED  strategic planning  process -  the Alaska  Education                                                               
Challenge   -   there   was  lengthy   discussion   about   board                                                               
certification.  She advised the  board is aware of the importance                                                               
of  board certification,  but she  has no  personal knowledge  of                                                               
discussions  regarding  financial  incentives, or  of  supporting                                                               
certification through legislation.  Ms.  Van Wyhe pointed out, in                                                               
Alaska,  school districts  have  federal [ESEA  Title  II Part  A                                                               
Section  2101, as  amended  by the  Every  Student Succeeds  Act]                                                               
funds that are available for professional development.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:44:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NORM  WOOTEN, Executive  Director, Association  of Alaska  School                                                               
Boards  (AASB), informed  the  committee  AASB submitted  written                                                               
testimony in support  of HB 128.  Mr. Wooten  said research shows                                                               
a highly  qualified teacher is  the most effective way  to ensure                                                               
high student achievement,  and to be highly  effective, a teacher                                                               
must:   use data to determine  the needs of each  student; engage                                                               
every  student;  personalize  instruction; alter  instruction  to                                                               
respond to students' interests.   Responding to the needs of many                                                               
students  takes  a  remarkable  teacher  and  AASB  believes  the                                                               
rigorous standards  of NBPTS board certification  enable teachers                                                               
to  be successful.   The  aforementioned  five core  propositions                                                               
required  of   a  NBPTS  board   certified  teacher   embody  the                                                               
definition  of a  teacher who  is prepared.   Mr.  Wooten advised                                                               
Alaska's  recruitment  and retention  of  teachers  is a  serious                                                               
problem throughout  the state.   Further, teaching seems  to have                                                               
lost the respect of the  general public thus fewer applicants are                                                               
entering the  teaching profession;  however, AASB  believes NBPTS                                                               
board  certification  is  one  way to  restore  prestige  to  the                                                               
teaching profession because  rigorous certifications create pride                                                               
in any profession and recognition  from those served.  Mr. Wooten                                                               
expressed  AASB's support  for public  recognition  of those  who                                                               
have  mastered the  teaching  profession;  NBPTS board  certified                                                               
teachers  will  serve  as  mentors to  other  teachers  and  will                                                               
inspire  future teachers.    Mr. Wooten  urged  the committee  to                                                               
support HB 128.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND  asked Mr.  Wooten  how  teachers continue  to                                                               
teach to  the needs of every  student given the effect  of budget                                                               
cuts that result in increased class sizes.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WOOTEN  acknowledged  an increase  in  pupil  teacher  ratio                                                               
raises the difficulty in responding  to the varied needs of every                                                               
student.    He  cautioned  kids fall  through  cracks,  which  is                                                               
unacceptable.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY questioned whether  AASB staff have urged industry                                                               
partners  to invest  "with tax  credits" so  that teachers  could                                                               
apply [for money] to get NBPTS board certified.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN advised AASB is  reviewing tax credit law to determine                                                               
whether AASB  can encourage entities  to utilize tax  credits; he                                                               
offered  to  present Co-Chair  Story's  concept  before the  AASB                                                               
board of directors.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:51:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY opened public testimony on HB 128.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:52:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BEN MURRAY,  substitute teacher,  provided comments not  on topic                                                               
with the published agenda.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:55:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA SKILES PARADY, Executive Director,  Alaska Council of School                                                               
Administrators  (ACSA), informed  the  committee ACSA  represents                                                               
the  Alaska Superintendents  Association, the  Alaska Association                                                               
of  Secondary  School  Principals,   the  Alaska  Association  of                                                               
Elementary School  Principals, the  Alaska Association  of School                                                               
Business  Officials,  and  other   school  administrators.    She                                                               
returned attention  to the Alaska  Education Challenge  (AEC) and                                                               
said she chaired  the Education Excellence committee  - under the                                                               
umbrella of AEC  - that was charged  with creating transformative                                                               
ideas;   the    Education   Excellence    committee   established                                                               
subcommittees and  the transformative  idea from  the Recruitment                                                               
and  Continuous   Improvement  subcommittee  was  to   develop  a                                                               
comprehensive  statewide salary  incentive  for  earning a  NBPTS                                                               
board  certification,   because  that  would  make   the  biggest                                                               
difference in  student achievement  in Alaska.   She  returned to                                                               
the  question   of  how   the  acquisition   of  a   NBPTS  board                                                               
certification  affects   preparing,  attracting,   and  retaining                                                               
highly qualified  educators and pointed out  ACSA's position that                                                               
retaining   effective   educators   is   essential   to   closing                                                               
achievement  gaps  and  increasing  student  performance  in  all                                                               
subjects.    Therefore,   ACSA  strongly  supports  comprehensive                                                               
statewide  incentive  programs     and  recommends  strengthening                                                               
statewide and  national recruiting  efforts.  Dr.  Parady advised                                                               
the aforementioned positions  are also one of the  pillars of AEC                                                               
and are fully supported by HB  128.  She returned to a comparison                                                               
of  education  policies  in Washington  and  read  [document  not                                                               
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Connecting  state policy  to retention  of teachers  is                                                                    
     key.   Teachers who  earn national  board certification                                                                    
     are likely  to be  active participants in  their school                                                                    
     communities.    Offering  an incentive  to  keep  these                                                                    
     teachers  in our  state  certainly  encouraged them  to                                                                    
     stay and  contributes to  improvement of  education for                                                                    
     Alaska  students.  ...  The number  of  national  board                                                                    
     certified  teachers in  Washington  state increased  at                                                                    
     dramatic  rates since  the bonuses  were put  in place.                                                                    
     Building   capacity  of   nationally  board   certified                                                                    
     teachers  across   the  state  created  a   stable  and                                                                    
     forward-moving    environment    for   the    continual                                                                    
     improvement of  teaching and learning.   As  the number                                                                    
     of   national  board   certified  teachers   increased,                                                                    
     student    improvement    increased     ....        ...                                                                    
     Concentrations of national  board certified teachers in                                                                    
     a  school and  district  meant that  the, the  students                                                                    
     would be  O.K. even  in environments  of lots,  lots of                                                                    
     change  and other  maybe  more negative  considerations                                                                    
     ....                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:00:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. PARADY continued,  noting that prior to  bonuses for teaching                                                               
in a  high needs school,  about 9 percent of  Washington teachers                                                               
in  high  needs schools  were  NBPTS  board certified;  currently                                                               
about 35 percent of teachers in  high needs schools are NBPTS are                                                               
board certified.  Providing an  additional stipend to teachers in                                                               
high needs  schools was meant  to attract new  teachers; however,                                                               
the  result  was  teachers  already   working  in  those  schools                                                               
attained NBPTS board  certifications and stayed in  the high need                                                               
schools. She  offered to  provide additional  written information                                                               
and  described  a program  that  worked  successfully in  Wyoming                                                               
through a  partnership with a  private foundation.   She restated                                                               
ACSA's support for HB 128.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND asked for clarification of certain statistics.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR.  PARADY  confirmed  prior  to the  bonus  schedule,  about  9                                                               
percent  of  Washington's teachers  in  high  needs schools  were                                                               
NBPTS board certified, and that percentage is now 35 percent.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:03:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY,  after ascertaining  no  one  further wished  to                                                               
testify, closed  public testimony.   She observed the bill  has a                                                               
zero fiscal  note and surmised  the bill would be  more effective                                                               
were funding added to support the intent of the bill.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY announced HB 128 was held over.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:05:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Education  Standing Committee  meeting  was  adjourned at  [9:05]                                                               
a.m.                                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB128 ver A 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Sponsor Statement 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Fiscal Note EED-TC 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document-The Impact of National Board Certified Teachers study 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Background Document-NBPTS Alaska Statistics 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Background Document-DEED Quick Facts 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document-Letters of Support 4.15.19.pdf HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 128
House Education Committee Week of April 15, 2019.doc HEDC 4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
House Education Weekly Schedule