Nev. Admin. Code § 391.558 - Procedure and requirements for review of applications and approval of courses; provisional and final approval; denial, expiration and renewal of approval; review of course; annual reports by school district; fee

1. The Board will appoint a review team to review each application received by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall submit to the Board a list of persons whom he or she recommends for membership on the review team. At least 2 months before the date of the visit required by subsection 5, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall send a list of his or her recommendations to the chief administrative officer of the institution that submitted the application. The list must include a description of the professional position, experience and areas of expertise of each person recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. If the chief administrative officer has concerns about any of the persons recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, he or she shall, within 30 days after receipt of the list, provide to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for transmittal to the Board a written response which describes the concerns. The Board will address the concerns of the chief administrative officer before it appoints members to the review team. Employees or other members of the institution shall not contact the persons recommended for membership on the review team before the Board formally appoints members to the team.
2. Upon receipt of the recommendations and a written response, if one has been provided by the chief administrative officer, the Board will appoint no more than seven members to the review team. The Board may, for good cause, refuse to appoint any of the persons recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. If possible, members of the review team must reside in the area where the institution that submitted the application is located. The review team must include, but is not limited to:
(a) One representative from a public educational institution in this State, other than the applicant, which offers a course of study and training for the education of teachers or other educational personnel;
(b) One representative from a private educational institution in this State, other than the applicant, which offers a course of study and training for the education of teachers or other educational personnel;
(c) At least one licensed teacher who has expertise in the course of study and training offered by the applicant;
(d) At least one representative of a local school district;
(e) One member of the Board; and
(f) One member of the general public.
3. The review team shall:
(a) Examine the application submitted; and
(b) Decide whether to recommend that the Board grant provisional approval of the course of study and training.
4. If the Board grants provisional approval of a course of study and training, the applicant may offer the course of study and training to students pending final approval by the Board. Members of the general public who inquire about the status of the course of study and training must be informed that it has been provisionally approved and that final approval is pending.
5. If the Board grants provisional approval of a course of study and training, the review team shall, within 12 months after provisional approval has been granted, visit the site of instruction to verify the information provided by the institution pursuant to subsection 1 of NAC 391.557. The visit must not exceed 5 days.
6. Within 30 days after the visit, the chair of the review team shall send to the applicant a draft report which summarizes the results of the review conducted by the review team. Within 30 days after receipt of the draft report by the applicant, the applicant may file a reply to the draft report with the Superintendent of Public Instruction for transmittal to the Board and the review team which describes the resolution of any deficiencies in the application that were addressed in the draft report. If the applicant files a reply, the review team shall consider the reply in deciding whether to recommend approval of the course of study and training.
7. Within 60 days after the visit, the review team shall decide whether to recommend approval of the course of study and training and shall submit a final report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for transmittal to the Board. The final report must state whether the review team recommends approval of the course of study and training. Upon transmittal of the final report to the Board, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall inform the applicant of the recommendation of the review team. The review team shall recommend approval of the course of study and training if the applicant complies with the:
(a) Requirements of NAC 391.557;
(b) Standards developed by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium, as set forth in the Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue adopted pursuant to NAC 391.556 and, as applicable, the standards developed by nationally recognized professional associations of educational personnel other than teachers; or
(c) Program standards approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, if applicable.
8. Upon receipt of the final report, the Board will grant approval of the course of study and training if the applicant complies with the:
(a) Requirements of NAC 391.557;
(b) Standards developed by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium, as set forth in the Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue adopted pursuant to NAC 391.556 and, as applicable, the standards developed by nationally recognized professional associations of educational personnel other than teachers; or
(c) Program standards approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, if applicable.

If the Board denies approval, the applicant may appear before the Board, and is entitled to a hearing and judicial review pursuant to subsection 5 of NRS 391.038.

9. In addition to the standards of approval set forth in subsections 7 and 8, the review team shall recommend approval of, and the Board will approve, a course of study and training for the education of teachers and other educational personnel for teaching in the secondary grades if:
(a) Enrollment in the course of study and training is restricted to persons who hold a bachelor's degree in a field recognized by the Commission pursuant to NAC 391.1301; and
(b) The course of study and training includes course work described in paragraph (c) of subsection 1 of NAC 391.120 or subsection 2 of NAC 391.120.
10. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 11, approval of a course of study and training pursuant to this section is valid for 7 years. During the 7-year period of approval, the institution shall, within 90 days, notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction of any changes in the information that it provided in its application pursuant to subsection 1 of NAC 391.557, except for a change in the information required by paragraph (e) of that subsection. Upon expiration of each 7-year period of approval, or during a regularly scheduled review of the institution by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction may recommend to the Board that approval of the course of study and training be renewed for an additional 7 years.
11. The Board may require a review of a course of study and training before the expiration of the 7-year period of approval if:
(a) During 1 year, 10 or more students who are enrolled in the course of study and training take specialty or pedagogy competency tests, or both, that are required by this State and the percentage of those students who pass the tests on or after January 1, 2009, is less than 80 percent;
(b) Pursuant to the information collected by the Department pursuant to subsection 12, the percentage of probationary licensed educational personnel employed by school districts in this State who completed the course of study and training and who are terminated from employment or who are not reemployed:
(1) Before January 1, 2004, is 10 percent or greater for 1 year; and
(2) On or after January 1, 2004, is 5 percent or greater for 1 year; or
(c) The Board requests a review.

Based upon a review conducted pursuant to this subsection, the Board may renew the approval of a course of study and training or revoke the approval of a course of study and training.

12. On or before July 1 of each year, each school district in this State shall report to the Department:
(a) The number of probationary licensed educational personnel that the school district terminated from employment or did not reemploy for another school year; and
(b) For each licensee who is reported pursuant to paragraph (a), the:
(1) Subject area taught by the licensee, if applicable;
(2) Educational institution that the licensee attended;
(3) Course of study and training completed by the licensee; and
(4) Reason that the school district terminated the licensee from employment or did not reemploy the licensee.

Each school district shall report the information required by this subsection without disclosing the identity of an individual licensee or otherwise violating the confidentiality of a licensee.

13. The applicant shall pay to the Board a fee equal to:
(a) The expenses incurred on behalf of the review team for preparation of the documentation required by this section; and
(b) The travel expenses and per diem allowances to which the review team is entitled which are related to the visit of the site of instruction.

Notes

Nev. Admin. Code § 391.558
Added to NAC by Bd. of Education, eff. 7-19-96; A by Comm'n on Prof. Standards in Education by R023-00, 6-20-2000, eff. 7-1-2000; A by Bd. of Education by R008-03, 10-30-2003; R097-04, 8-25-2004; R012-09, 10-27-2009; A by Comm'n on Prof. Standards in Education by R018-11 & R028-11, 10-26-2011

NRS 385.080, 391.019, 391.037, 391.038

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