Senate Bill #868 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS

Directs the council on elementary/secondary education to implement assessment/evaluation systems for teachers/administrators.

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  • 2019 – S 0868
  • 2019 – S 0868 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 - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - NEW EVALUATION
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - EVALUATION
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • Introduced By: Senators Seveney, DiPalma, Cano, Lombardi, and Lynch Prata
  • Date Introduced: May 08, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Education
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 16-11 of the GeneralLaws entitled "Certification of Teachers [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 16-11-9. New evaluation requirements.
  • (a) On or before July 1, 2020, the council on elementary and secondary education shall implement an assessment and evaluation system that applies to both teachers and administrators, and is aligned with the state's standards.
  • (b) The system shall be designed to promote growth and development, place student learning at the center, recognize excellence, set a high bar for professional teacher status, and shorten timelines for improvement. The system shall include, but is not limited to, the following five (5) steps:
  • (1) Self-assessment;
  • (2) Goal setting and plan development;
  • (3) Plan implementation;
  • (4) Formative assessment/evaluation; and
  • (5) Summative evaluation.
  • (c) As part of the assessment and evaluation system, the council shall develop model scoring tools, or "rubrics", that describe characteristics of practice at different levels of performance and encompass the roles and responsibilities across all educators including, but not limited to, superintendents, school-level administrators, classroom teachers, and specialized instructional support personnel. The rubrics shall be designed to help educators and evaluators:
  • (1) Develop a consistent, shared understanding of what proficient performance looks like in practice;
  • (2) Develop a common terminology and structure to organize evidence;
  • (3) Discuss and agree upon certain skills and behaviors that may be high priorities according to that educator's role and responsibilities, as well as to their professional practice and student learning needs; and
  • (4) Make informed professional judgments about performance ratings based on each of the Rhode Island professional educator standards pursuant to 200-RICR-20-20-1.3.
  • (d) The rubrics shall:
  • (1) Describe teaching practice;
  • (2) Be designed to be applicable to general education teachers from pre-K through Advanced Placement, as well as teachers with specialized classes or knowledge, including teachers of English Language Learners, and specialeducation teachers;
  • (e) On or before September 1, 2020, local education agencies (LEAs) shall adopt the model assessment and evaluation system described in this section for use in their schools. Provided, however, an LEA may revise existing local evaluation systems to be comparably rigorous and comprehensive as set forth herein, with the approval from the board of education to be in compliance with this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • 16-11-9. Evaluation requirements.
  • (a) The council on elementary and secondary education shall direct the department of elementary and secondary education ("the department") to implement an assessment and evaluation system that applies to both teachers and administrators, and is aligned with the state's standards. This section shall not require the abandonment of any evaluation system already in place, so long as the department determines that said evaluation system meets department goals.
  • (b) On or before April 1, 2020, and on or before April 1 every year thereafter, the department shall report to the governor, the senate president, and the speaker of the house concerning efforts to continuously improve the evaluation system.
  • (c) The report shallinclude, but not be limited to:
  • (1) The aspects of the evaluation system that have been the area of focus for that academic year and why;
  • (2) Revisions made, or proposed to be made, to the evaluation system, if any;
  • (3) Efforts to ensure the evaluation system uses objective measurements and avoids self- reporting, where possible; and
  • (4) Such other matters that the department deems should be included.
  • (d) For the purposes of this section, "local education agencies" (LEAs) shallinclude allof the following within the state of Rhode Island:
  • (i) Public school districts;
  • (ii) Regional school districts;
  • (iii) State-operated schools;
  • (iv) Regional collaborative schools; and
  • (v) Charter schools and mayoralacademies.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - NEW EVALUATION
  • REQUIREMENTS
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  • This act would direct the councilon elementary and secondary education to implement an assessment and evaluation system that applies to both teachers and administrators, emphasizes the delivery of instruction in alignment with the state's standards, and includes model scoring tools. This act would also require local education agencies (LEAs) to adopt the model assessment and evaluation system for use in their schools.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002560 ========
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  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - EVALUATION
  • REQUIREMENTS
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  • This act would direct the councilon elementary and secondary education to implement an assessment and evaluation system that applies to both teachers and administrators and is aligned with the state's standards.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002560/SUB A ========
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