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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2016

LCO No. 5567

   
 

*SB0038005567SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. LINARES, 33rd Dist.

 

To: Senate Bill No. 380

File No. 478

Cal. No. 313

"AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXCLUSION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE RESULTS ON THE MASTERY EXAMINATION FROM TEACHER EVALUATIONS. "

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 10-151b of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) The superintendent of each local or regional board of education shall annually evaluate or cause to be evaluated each teacher, and for the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, such annual evaluations shall be the teacher evaluation and support program adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section. The superintendent may conduct additional formative evaluations toward producing an annual summative evaluation. An evaluation pursuant to this subsection shall include, but need not be limited to, strengths, areas needing improvement, strategies for improvement and multiple indicators of student academic growth. For the school year commencing July 1, 2016, student performance results on the state-wide mastery examination, administered pursuant to section 10-14n, (1) may be used (A) among the multiple indicators of student academic growth and development for the purpose of determining whether a teacher has met such teacher's goals for purposes of an evaluation pursuant to this subsection if the Commissioner of Education approves a waiver request for such use, pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section, (B) as one of multiple indicators to inform the development of an individual teacher's goals for the school year, (C) to assess the quality of curriculum and instructional interventions provided to students in the school district, and (D) to develop strategies for improving the provision of public education services in the school district, and (2) shall not be used in the determination of whether a teacher has met such teacher's goals for purposes of an evaluation conducted pursuant to this subsection, unless the commissioner has approved a waiver request pursuant to said subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section. Claims of failure to follow the established procedures of such teacher evaluation and support program shall be subject to the grievance procedure in collective bargaining agreements negotiated subsequent to July 1, 2004. In the event that a teacher does not receive a summative evaluation during the school year, such teacher shall receive a "not rated" designation for such school year. The superintendent shall report [(1)] (A) the status of teacher evaluations to the local or regional board of education on or before June first of each year, and [(2)] (B) the status of the implementation of the teacher evaluation and support program, including the frequency of evaluations, aggregate evaluation ratings, the number of teachers who have not been evaluated and other requirements as determined by the Department of Education, to the Commissioner of Education on or before September fifteenth of each year. For purposes of this section, the term "teacher" shall include each professional employee of a board of education, below the rank of superintendent, who holds a certificate or permit issued by the State Board of Education.

(b) (1) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, not later than September 1, 2013, each local and regional board of education shall adopt and implement a teacher evaluation and support program that is consistent with the guidelines for a model teacher evaluation and support program adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. Such teacher evaluation and support program shall be developed through mutual agreement between the local or regional board of education and the professional development and evaluation committee for the school district, established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-220a.

(2) (A) If a local or regional board of education is unable to develop a teacher evaluation and support program through mutual agreement with such professional development and evaluation committee, then such board of education and such professional development and evaluation committee shall consider the model teacher evaluation and support program adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, and such board of education may adopt, through mutual agreement with such professional development and evaluation committee, such model teacher evaluation and support program. (B) If a local or regional board of education and the professional development and evaluation committee are unable to mutually agree on the adoption of such model teacher evaluation and support program, then such board of education shall adopt and implement a teacher evaluation and support program developed by such board of education, provided such teacher evaluation and support program is consistent with the guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

(3) For the school year commencing July 1, 2016, the superintendent of schools may submit a written request to the Commissioner of Education for a waiver authorizing the use of student performance results on the state-wide mastery examination among the multiple indicators of student academic growth and development for the purpose of determining whether a teacher has met such teacher's goals for purposes of an evaluation conducted pursuant to this section. The commissioner may approve or reject such waiver request.

(4) Each local and regional board of education may commence implementation of the teacher evaluation and support program adopted pursuant to this subsection in accordance with a teacher evaluation and support program implementation plan adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

10-151b(a) and (b)