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H.B. 115





Chief Sponsor: Carol Spackman Moss

Senate Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill appropriates money for school districts to pilot programs that utilize peer
             10      assistance and review in evaluating certain teachers.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    creates the Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program (PAR Program) to evaluate
             15      and support certain teachers;
             16          .    provides that money appropriated to the State Board of Education for the pilot
             17      program shall be used to award grants to school districts on a competitive basis to
             18      design and implement the PAR Program;
             19          .    directs the State Board of Education to make rules and report to the Education
             20      Interim Committee; and
             21          .    repeals the Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program on July 1, 2017.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          This bill appropriates:
             24          .    to the State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education - Initiative
             25      Programs, as an ongoing appropriation:
             26              .    from the Education Fund, $300,000.
             27      Other Special Clauses:

             28          This bill provides an effective date.
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31          63I-2-253, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 303, 330, and 419
             32      ENACTS:
             33          53A-10-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          53A-10-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          53A-10-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          53A-10-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             39          Section 1. Section 53A-10-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program

             41          53A-10-201. Definitions.
             42          As used in this part:
             43          (1) "Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program" or "PAR Program" means the teacher
             44      evaluation and mentoring program created in Section 53A-10-202 .
             45          (2) "Consulting teacher" means a teacher who is appointed as described in Section
             46      53A-10-203 and provides assistance and review to teachers assigned to a PAR Program.
             47          (3) "Novice teacher" means a provisional teacher who has not achieved career
             48      employee status.
             49          (4) "PAR Joint Panel" means the governing panel of a district's PAR Program, created
             50      according to Section 53A-10-204 .
             51          (5) "Teacher" means an individual employed by a school district who is required to
             52      hold an educator license issued by the State Board of Education and who has an assignment to
             53      teach in a classroom.
             54          (6) "Underperforming veteran teacher" means a teacher who has achieved career
             55      employee status as defined in Section 53A-8-102 and whose work has been judged to fall
             56      below the district's standards.
             57          Section 2. Section 53A-10-202 is enacted to read:
             58          53A-10-202. PAR Program guidelines -- Report.

             59          (1) The PAR Program is created to:
             60          (a) conduct regular evaluations of novice teachers and underperforming veteran
             61      teachers;
             62          (b) provide support and mentoring to novice teachers and underperforming veteran
             63      teachers; and
             64          (c) make recommendations for continued employment or dismissal of novice teachers
             65      and underperforming veteran teachers.
             66          (2) Subject to future budget constraints, the Legislature shall appropriate money for a
             67      five-year period to the State Board of Education for the PAR Program.
             68          (3) The State Board of Education shall:
             69          (a) solicit proposals from school districts for the use of grant money to develop and
             70      implement PAR Programs; and
             71          (b) award grants to school districts on a competitive basis.
             72          (4) In awarding a grant under Subsection (3)(b), the State Board of Education shall
             73      consider:
             74          (a) the applicant's capacity to effectively achieve the purposes of the PAR Program as
             75      described in Subsection (1);
             76          (b) whether the district has a rigorous and standards-based teacher evaluation system
             77      already in place; and
             78          (c) other criteria as determined by the State Board of Education.
             79          (5) To receive a grant, a school district shall submit a proposal to the State Board of
             80      Education on how the district intends to develop and implement a PAR Program, within the
             81      specifications of Section 53A-10-203 .
             82          (6) A selected district may use grant money:
             83          (a) to develop and design a PAR Program to fit the needs of the district, which may
             84      include hiring consultants;
             85          (b) to fund additional pay or stipends, computers, travel reimbursement, and office
             86      space for consulting teachers;
             87          (c) for program administration and clerical support staff;
             88          (d) for stipends for PAR Joint Panel members;
             89          (e) to pay substitute teachers for PAR Joint Panel members to attend meetings or for

             90      teachers enrolled in the PAR Program to visit and observe other classes; and
             91          (f) for training costs.
             92          (7) After each year of the pilot program, the State Board of Education shall make a
             93      report to the Education Interim Committee evaluating the impact of the PAR Program on
             94      retaining high quality teachers and dismissing ineffective teachers in a timely manner.
             95          (8) The State Board of Education shall make rules specifying:
             96          (a) procedures for applying for and awarding grants under this part;
             97          (b) criteria for awarding grants; and
             98          (c) reporting requirements for grantees.
             99          Section 3. Section 53A-10-203 is enacted to read:
             100          53A-10-203. Program components.
             101          (1) A district that receives a grant under Section 53A-10-202 to design and implement
             102      a PAR Program, shall use the general guidelines as set forth in this section.
             103          (2) A district's PAR Program shall consist of the following two sections:
             104          (a) an induction section for novice teachers; and
             105          (b) a remediation section for underperforming veteran teachers.
             106          (3) The induction section of a district's PAR Program shall include the following
             107      components:
             108          (a) a novice teacher is automatically enrolled into the induction section of the PAR
             109      Program and assigned a consulting teacher who serves as a mentor;
             110          (b) the novice teacher receives help from a consulting teacher in setting up a
             111      classroom, securing needed supplies, preparing for classroom management, reflecting on
             112      lessons, and getting feedback and support;
             113          (c) the consulting teacher assesses the novice teacher's work and reports to the district's
             114      PAR Joint Panel several times throughout the year, with a summative report and evaluation at
             115      the end of the year;
             116          (d) the consulting teacher assists the district's PAR Joint Panel in deciding whether to
             117      hire the novice teacher for another year; and
             118          (e) the principal retains the right and responsibility for evaluating all teachers for career
             119      employment status.
             120          (4) The remediation section of a district's PAR Program shall include the following

             121      components:
             122          (a) a principal or supervisor recommends an underperforming veteran teacher to the
             123      remediation section of the program, or the underperforming veteran teacher may be
             124      automatically enrolled in the intervention section of the program in accordance with local
             125      school board policy;
             126          (b) an underperforming veteran teacher is assigned a consulting teacher who acts as a
             127      mentor and initially investigates whether the teacher is, in fact, failing to meet the district
             128      standards;
             129          (c) the consulting teacher mentors the underperforming veteran teacher for a period of
             130      time established in accordance with local school board policy; and
             131          (d) the underperforming veteran teacher either meets district standards after close
             132      mentoring, or is dismissed or encouraged to resign because the underperforming veteran
             133      teacher rejects help or fails to improve sufficiently despite the consulting teacher's mentoring.
             134          (5) Consulting teachers:
             135          (a) are chosen through a competitive process by the district's PAR Joint Panel;
             136          (b) (i) are released from regular teaching loads for 3-5 years; or
             137          (ii) are released from regular teaching part-time and serve as consulting teachers
             138      part-time;
             139          (c) earn regular salary plus an additional stipend for being consulting teachers;
             140          (d) are assigned a caseload of teachers to mentor and evaluate, preferably in the same
             141      subject and grade level;
             142          (e) report on teachers to the district's PAR Joint Panel; and
             143          (f) mentor and evaluate teachers participating in the district's PAR Program through:
             144          (i) scheduled and unscheduled visits;
             145          (ii) developing a growth plan with a teacher based on the teacher's strengths and
             146      weaknesses;
             147          (iii) observing lessons and providing feedback;
             148          (iv) helping with lesson planning;
             149          (v) providing resources and materials; and
             150          (vi) arranging for a participating teacher to observe another colleague's class.
             151          Section 4. Section 53A-10-204 is enacted to read:

             152          53A-10-204. Creation -- Make-up -- Duties of a district PAR Joint Panel.
             153          (1) A district that receives money to create a PAR Program under Section 53A-10-202
             154      shall create a PAR Joint Panel consisting of an equal number of teacher representatives and
             155      district administrators or their designees.
             156          (2) A district PAR Joint Panel shall:
             157          (a) meet regularly to design the district's PAR Program;
             158          (b) review cases of teachers assigned to the district's PAR Program and decide whether
             159      the district should continue to employ teachers based on evidence collected by consulting
             160      teachers; and
             161          (c) select consulting teachers through a competitive process.
             162          Section 5. Section 63I-2-253 is amended to read:
             163           63I-2-253. Repeal dates -- Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
             164          (1) Section 53A-1-403.5 is repealed July 1, 2012.
             165          (2) Subsection 53A-1-603 (5) is repealed July 1, 2015.
             166          (3) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 10, UPSTART, is repealed July 1, 2014.
             167          (4) Title 53A, Chapter 10, Part 2, Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program, is
             168      repealed July 1, 2017.
             169          [(4)] (5) Subsection 53A-13-110 (4) is repealed July 1, 2013.
             170          [(5)] (6) Section 53A-15-1215 is repealed July 1, 2012.
             171          Section 6. Appropriation.
             172          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
             173      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or
             174      reduced from amounts previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated for the
             175      fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. These are additions to any
             176      amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2013.
             177          To State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education - Initiative Programs
             178              From the Education Fund

             179              Schedule of Programs:
             180                  Contracts and Grants            $300,000
             181          The Legislature intends that the $300,000 appropriation for Contracts and Grants be
             182      used for the PAR Program created in Section 53A-10-202 .

             183          Section 7. Effective date.
             184          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 8, 2012.
             185          (2) Uncodified Section 6, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2012.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-30-12 8:18 AM

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