STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1091
RE: S.B. No. 516
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 516, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Require the State Board for Career and Technical Education to oversee and review annually the statewide data collection processes, reporting requirements, and business rules related to the student attainment of industry-recognized credentials;
(2) Beginning July 1, 2022, require the State Board for Career and Technical Education to provide an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature on students' attainment of industry recognized credentials; and
(3) Require all state agencies that administer educational or training courses that lead to, provide, or otherwise align with the attainment of an industry-recognized credential to collect and report certain categories of data and pursue data-sharing agreements with credentialing entities.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, HawaiiKidsCAN, and three individuals. Your Committee received testimony in support of the intent of this measure from the Department of Education and Office of the State Director for Career and Technical Education. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that in the current job market, nearly sixty-five percent of available positions require postsecondary credentials. Industry‑recognized credentials are important because they teach the specific knowledge and skills required for an occupation or industry and will better prepare students who attain these industry-recognized credentials for the job market. Your Committee further finds that Hawaii has critical shortages of qualified local workers in sectors including health, education, air travel, and technology. The Promising Credentials project was launched as a collaborative effort aimed at using Hawaii labor market data and local employer insights to identify high-value industry credentials in the State. This measure will help to break down the data collected by credential and have the data be consistently collected and reported by state agencies.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that the State Board for Career and Technical Education shall ensure consistent data collection and transparent reporting across relevant state education systems and agencies;
(2) Requiring all state data collection processes, reporting requirements, and business rules to support the collection of student-level data to include data that is disaggregated based on identified populations of industry-recognized credential attainment;
(3) Removing the requirement for all state agencies to that administer education or training courses that lead to, provide, or otherwise aligns with the attainment of an industry-recognized credential to collect and report to the board annual data on student-level credential attainment and to pursue data-sharing agreements with credentialing entities;
(4) Deleting the reporting dates for when the State Board for Career and Technical Education would be required to send its annual report;
(5) Amending Act 46, Session Laws of Hawaii 2020, to:
(A) Require the Department of Education, University of Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and other state agencies to share data through the statewide longitudinal data system;
(B) Repeal a purpose of sharing data, which was to meet longitudinal data requirements of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009;
(C) Require the statewide longitudinal data system to store and analyze career and technical education data it receives from all state educational systems and workforce training agencies; and
(D) Require the Department of Education, University of Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and other state agencies to partner to collectively govern the statewide longitudinal system, rather than establish a data governance and access committee;
(6) Providing that the requirement that the State Board for Career and Technical Education to oversee and review annually the statewide data collection processes, reporting requirements, and business rules related to the student attainment of industry-recognized credentials, shall take effect on July 1, 2022;
(7) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2051; and
(8) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 516, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 516, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair