Current Status Bill Number:
4453Type of Legislation: Joint Resolution JRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19960117Primary Sponsor: TownsendAll Sponsors: Townsend, Stille, Cooper, Trotter and CatoDrafted Document Number: GJK\22105SD.96Residing Body: HouseDate Tabled: 19960507Date of Last Amendment: 19960425Subject: Education entrance exam
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19960507 Tabled House 19960425 Objection by Representative Cain Lanford Marchbanks Fulmer Hallman Knotts L. Whipper Anderson Davenport McMahand House 19960425 Amended House 19960425 Objection by Representative Cotty House 19960425 Reconsidered vote whereby debate was adjourned until Tuesday, 19960430 House 19960425 Debate adjourned until Tuesday, 19960430 House 19960424 Debate adjourned until Thursday, 19960425 House 19960423 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, 19960424 House 19960418 Committee report: Favorable 21 HEPW House 19960117 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
AMENDED--NOT PRINTED IN THE HOUSE
April 25, 1996
S. Printed 4/18/96--H.
Read the first time January 17, 1996.
TO PERMIT CERTAIN STUDENTS UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 1996, THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE EDUCATION ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (EEE) OR CERTAIN SECTIONS THEREOF NOT PASSED FOR A FOURTH TIME UNDER SPECIFIED CONDITIONS.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The General Assembly finds that:
(1) for the past two years a temporary budget proviso allowed students in the teacher preparation program who met certain requirements to undertake a fourth attempt to pass the Education Entrance Examination;
(2) when the General Assembly chose to end the authorization for the fourth opportunity to sit for the examination by deleting this budget proviso in the 1995-96 general appropriations act, some students, acting in good faith, were caught in the process of qualifying for the fourth attempt on the exam; and
(3) the General Assembly by this act is desirous of correcting this inequity.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person required to take and pass the Education Entrance Examination (EEE), pursuant to Section 59-26-20(e) or 59-26-40 of the 1976 Code, who has failed to achieve a passing score on all sections after the number of attempts allowed by law may retake for a fourth time any test section not passed in the manner allowed by this section. The person must complete a remedial or developmental course from a post-secondary institution in the subject area of any test section not passed and must petition the State Superintendent of Education or the chairperson of the State Board of Education for authorization to retake that portion of the test failed. The State Superintendent of Education or the chairperson of the State Board of Education is authorized to grant the petition. The applicant must then pay a cost, not to exceed sixty dollars to be determined by the authorizing authority, for the administration of the fourth examination.
The State Superintendent of Education or the chairperson of the State Board of Education may not grant any petitions to take the EEE for a fourth time which are received after the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, before a student may enter a teacher education program after December 1, 1996, he or she must have passed the Education Entrance Examination (EEE). After December 1, 1996, any person who has failed to achieve a passing score on all sections of the EEE after two attempts may retake for a third time any test section not passed in the manner allowed by this section. The person must first complete a remedial or developmental course from a post-secondary institution in the subject area of any test section not passed and provide satisfactory evidence of completion of this required remedial or developmental course to the State Superintendent of Education. A third administration of the examination may then be given to this person. If the person fails to pass the EEE after the third attempt, he or she after a period of five years may take the EEE or any sections not passed for a fourth time under the same terms and conditions provided by this section for persons desiring to take the EEE for a third time.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor, except that the provisions of Section 2 hereof expire on December 1, 1996.