Senate Bill #864 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM

Direct the council on elementary and secondary education to provide professional support and assistance to LEAs regarding effective ways to use data such as the LEA’s budget and demographics, school culture, and assessments to improve student performance.

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  • 2019 – S 0864
  • 2019 – S 0864 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
  • Introduced By: Senators Satchell, DiPalma, Pearson, Seveney, and Paolino
  • Date Introduced: May 08, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Education
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 16-22 of the General Laws entitled "Curriculum [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 16-22-30. Instruction support.
  • (a) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education (the "commissioner") shall direct the department of elementary and secondary education (the "department") to provide professional support and assistance in partnership with local education agencies ("LEAs") regarding effective ways to evaluate, on an ongoing basis, student improvement and proficiency. The goal of such support shallbe to increase student achievement consistent with state standards. In general, such support shall include, but need not be limited to:
  • (1) The department understanding the partner-LEA's size, budget, and demographics to support and tailor the development of effective systems;
  • (2) The department assisting the partner-LEA in a budget review to identify, maximize, restructure, and/or add a curriculum leadership infrastructure. At the district level, personnel to involve may include: assistant superintendents, district curriculum directors or coordinators; at the school level, personnel may include: teaching and learning coaches, mentor/induction coaches, content leaders, and teacher leaders;
  • (3) The department working collaboratively with the LEA to create a multi-year plan to identify persons in leadership who will support curriculum revision work;
  • (4) The department providing each LEA with consultation to develop ongoing systems to revise curriculum, assessment, and instruction based on current data results.
  • (5) The department providing the partner-LEA with a comprehensive understanding, via professional development, of state standards, frameworks, and subject-area specific standards, should they differ from the state's.
  • (6) The department providing the partner-LEA with ongoing opportunities to understand assessment design, use, and impact, as wellas its link back to curricular instructional shifts.
  • (a) For the purpose of this section, "local education agencies" ("LEAs") shall include all of the following within the state of Rhode Island:
  • (1) Public school districts;
  • (2) Regional school districts;
  • (3) State-operated schools;
  • (4) Regional collaborative schools; and
  • (5) Charter schools.
  • (b) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education (the "commissioner") shall direct the department of elementary and secondary education (the "department") to provide professional support and assistance in partnership with LEAs regarding effective ways to evaluate, on an ongoing basis, student improvement and proficiency. The goal of such support shall be to increase student achievement consistent with state standards. In general, such support shall include, but need not be limited to:
  • (1) The department understanding the LEA's size, budget, and demographics to support and tailor the development of effective systems;
  • (2) The department assisting the LEA in a budget review to identify, maximize, restructure, and/or add a curriculum leadership infrastructure. At the district level, personnel to involve may include: assistant superintendents, district curriculum directors or coordinators; at the school level, personnel may include: teaching and learning coaches, mentor/induction coaches, content leaders, and teacher leaders; and
  • (3) The department providing the LEA with ongoing opportunities to understand the design, use, and impact of assessments, as well as how they may guide shifts in curriculum instruction.
  • (b) Specifically, such support shall include, but is not limited to:
  • (1) Engaging in a root-cause analysis;
  • (2) Designing student assessments to provide data that captures student improvement and proficiency accurately;
  • (3) Using and analyzing the data collected to inform LEA actions including, but not limited to, modification of instructional techniques;
  • (4) Identifying assets and challenges;
  • (5) Discussing the role that leadership, culture, and social climate play in the individual schools within the LEA;
  • (6) Collaborating with teachers, students, administrators, parents, and any other stakeholders regarding barriers to learning and improving school culture.
  • (c) The commissioner shall provide quarterly reports to the board of education regarding the reallocation and use of department resources to support LEAs pursuant to this section.
  • (d) On or before June 30, 2020, and every year thereafter on or before June 30, the commissioner shall report to the committees having jurisdiction over education issues in the senate and the house of representatives, the results of the support efforts provided in this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
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  • This act would direct the council on elementary and secondary education to provide professional support and assistance to local education agencies ("LEAs") regarding effective ways to use data such as the LEA's budget and demographics, schoolculture, and assessments to improve student performance.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002557 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
  • ***
  • This act would direct the department of elementary and secondary education to provide professional support and assistance to local education agencies ("LEAs") regarding effective ways to use data such as the LEA's budget and demographics, school culture, and assessments to improve student performance.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002557/SUB A ========

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