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First Substitute H.B. 264

Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies requirements for educator evaluations.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires a local school board to:
             13              .    develop, support, monitor, and maintain an educator evaluation program in
             14      accordance with requirements specified in statute; and
             15              .    provide ongoing evaluation of career educators;
             16          .    requires the principal or immediate supervisor of a provisional educator to assign a
             17      person who has received training in mentoring educators to mentor the provisional
             18      educator; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:

             26          53A-10-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 86
             27          53A-10-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 78
             28          53A-10-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 315
             29          53A-10-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 78
             30          53A-10-108, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 86
             31      ENACTS:
             32          53A-10-102.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          53A-10-106.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             35          53A-10-106, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 78
             36      REPEALS:
             37          53A-10-104, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1988, Chapter 2
             38          53A-10-109, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1988, Chapter 2
             39          53A-10-110, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 78
             40          53A-10-111, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 86
             42      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             43          Section 1. Section 53A-10-101 is amended to read:
             44           53A-10-101. Legislative findings.
             45          (1) The Legislature recognizes that the quality of public education can be improved and
             46      enhanced by providing for systematic, fair, and competent evaluation of public educators and
             47      remediation of those whose performance is inadequate.
             48          (2) In accordance with Subsections 53A-1a-104 (7) and 53A-6-102 (2)(a) and (b), the
             49      desired purposes of evaluation are to:
             50          (a) allow the educator and the school district to promote the professional growth of the
             51      [teacher, to identify and encourage teaching strategies which contribute to student progress, to
             52      identify teachers according to their abilities, and to improve the education system.] educator;
             53          (b) identify and encourage quality instruction in order to improve student achievement;
             54      and
             55          (c) improve decisions about the educator's employment.
             56          Section 2. Section 53A-10-102 is amended to read:

             57           53A-10-102. Definitions.
             58          As used in this chapter:
             59          (1) "Career educator" means a [certified] licensed employee entitled to rely upon
             60      continued employment under the policies of a local school board.
             61          (2) "Educator" means [any] an individual[, except the superintendent,] employed by a
             62      school district who is required to hold a professional [certificate] license issued by the State
             63      Board of Education[. Educator does not include individuals who work less], except:
             64          (a) a superintendent; or
             65          (b) an individual who:
             66          (i) works fewer than three hours per day; or [who are]
             67          (ii) is hired for less than half of a school year.
             68          (3) "Probationary educator" means [any] an educator employed by a school district
             69      who, under local school board policy, has been advised by the district that [his] the educator's
             70      performance is inadequate.
             71          (4) "Provisional educator" means [any] an educator employed by a school district who
             72      has not achieved status as a career educator within the school district.
             73          Section 3. Section 53A-10-102.5 is enacted to read:
             74          53A-10-102.5. Local school board's responsibilities for an educator evaluation
             75      program.
             76          A local school board shall:
             77          (1) develop an educator evaluation program in accordance with this chapter and
             78      support, monitor, and maintain the program; and
             79          (2) provide for:
             80          (a) the evaluation of provisional and probationary educators at least twice each school
             81      year;
             82          (b) the ongoing evaluation of all career educators; and
             83          (c) an orientation on the educator evaluation program.
             84          Section 4. Section 53A-10-103 is amended to read:
             85           53A-10-103. Establishment of educator evaluation program -- Joint committee.
             86          (1) Each local school board shall develop an evaluation program in consultation with
             87      its educators through appointment of a joint committee.

             88          (2) The joint committee shall [be comprised] consist of an equal number of classroom
             89      teachers, parents, and administrators appointed by the local school board.
             90          (3) A local school board may appoint members of the joint committee from a list of
             91      nominees:
             92          (a) voted on by classroom teachers in a nomination election;
             93          (b) voted on by the administrators in a nomination election; and
             94          (c) of parents submitted by school community councils within the district.
             95          (4) The evaluation program developed by the joint committee must comply with the
             96      requirements of [Section 53A-10-106 ] this chapter.
             97          Section 5. Section 53A-10-106 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             98          53A-10-106. Components of educator evaluation program.
             99          An educator evaluation program adopted by a local school board in consultation with a
             100      committee shall include the following components:
             101          (1) a reliable and valid evaluation program consistent with generally accepted
             102      professional standards for personnel evaluation systems;
             103          (2) systematic evaluation procedures for both provisional and career educators;
             104          (3) the use of multiple lines of evidence, such as:
             105          (a) self-evaluation;
             106          (b) student and parent input;
             107          (c) peer observation;
             108          (d) supervisor observations;
             109          (e) evidence of professional growth;
             110          (f) student achievement data; and
             111          (g) other indicators of instructional improvement;
             112          (4) a reasonable number of observation periods for an evaluation to insure adequate
             113      reliability; and
             114          (5) administration of an educator's evaluation by:
             115          (a) the principal;
             116          (b) the principal's designee;
             117          (c) the educator's immediate supervisor; or
             118          (d) another person specified in the evaluation program.

             119          Section 6. Section 53A-10-106.5 is enacted to read:
             120          53A-10-106.5. Evaluation timelines.
             121          (1) The person responsible for administering an educator's evaluation shall:
             122          (a) at least 15 days before an educator's first evaluation:
             123          (i) notify the educator of the evaluation process; and
             124          (ii) give the educator a copy of the evaluation instrument, if an instrument is used;
             125          (b) (i) allow the educator to make a written response to any part of the evaluation; and
             126          (ii) attach the educator's response to the evaluation;
             127          (c) within 15 days after the evaluation process is completed, discuss the written
             128      evaluation with the educator; and
             129          (d) following any revision of the written evaluation made after the discussion:
             130          (i) file the evaluation and any related reports or documents in the educator's personnel
             131      file; and
             132          (ii) give a copy of the written evaluation and attachments to the educator.
             133          (2) An educator who is not satisfied with an evaluation may request a review of the
             134      evaluation within 30 days after receiving the written evaluation.
             135          (3) If a review is requested, the school district superintendent or the superintendent's
             136      designee shall appoint a person not employed by the school district who has expertise in
             137      teacher or personnel evaluation to review and make recommendations to the superintendent
             138      regarding the teacher's evaluation.
             139          (4) Nothing in this section prevents the educator and the superintendent or
             140      superintendent's designee from agreeing to another method of review.
             141          Section 7. Section 53A-10-107 is amended to read:
             142           53A-10-107. Deficiencies -- Remediation.
             143          (1) [An] The person responsible for administering an educator's evaluation shall give
             144      an educator whose performance is inadequate or in need of improvement [shall be provided
             145      with] a written document clearly identifying:
             146          (a) deficiencies[,];
             147          (b) the available resources for improvement[,]; and
             148          (c) a recommended course of action that will improve the educator's performance.
             149          (2) The district shall provide the educator with reasonable assistance to improve

             150      performance.
             151          (3) An educator is responsible for improving performance by using the resources
             152      identified by the school district and demonstrating acceptable levels of improvement in the
             153      designated areas of deficiencies.
             154          (4) (a) The person responsible for administering the evaluation of an educator whose
             155      performance has been determined to be inadequate or in need of improvement shall complete
             156      written evaluations and recommendations regarding the educator at least 60 days before the end
             157      of the educator's contract school year.
             158          (b) The final evaluation shall include only data previously considered and discussed
             159      with the educator as required by Section 53A-10-106.5 .
             160          Section 8. Section 53A-10-108 is amended to read:
             161           53A-10-108. Mentor for provisional educator.
             162          (1) In accordance with Subsections 53A-1a-104 (7) and 53A-6-102 (2)(a) and (b), the
             163      principal or immediate supervisor of a provisional educator shall assign a person who has
             164      received training in mentoring educators as a mentor to the provisional educator.
             165          (2) Where possible, the mentor shall be a career educator who performs substantially
             166      the same duties as the provisional educator and has at least three years of educational
             167      experience.
             168          (3) The mentor shall assist the provisional educator to become effective and competent
             169      in the teaching profession and school system, but may not serve as an evaluator of the
             170      provisional educator.
             171          (4) An educator who is assigned as a mentor may receive compensation for those
             172      services in addition to the educator's regular salary.
             173          Section 9. Repealer.
             174          This bill repeals:
             175          Section 53A-10-104, Frequency of evaluations.
             176          Section 53A-10-109, Final evaluation.
             177          Section 53A-10-110, Review of evaluation -- Time limit on request.
             178          Section 53A-10-111, Additional compensation for services.

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