Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, revises provisions governing the tenured teacher evaluations that measure overall performance effectiveness. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1; Title 49, Chapter 16; Title 49, Chapter 5 and Title 49, Chapter 6.
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  • Actions For SB0802Date
    Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Education Committee04/01/2015
    Placed on Senate Education Committee calendar for 4/1/201503/25/2015
    Action deferred in Senate Education Committee to 4/1/201503/25/2015
    Placed on Senate Education Committee calendar for 3/25/201503/19/2015
    Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Education Committee02/18/2015
    Introduced, Passed on First Consideration02/12/2015
    Filed for introduction02/11/2015
    Actions For HB1265Date
    Taken off notice for cal in s/c Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee of Education Instruction & Programs03/31/2015
    Placed on s/c cal Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee for 4/1/201503/25/2015
    Action Def. in s/c Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee to 4/1/201503/25/2015
    Placed on s/c cal Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee for 3/25/201503/18/2015
    Assigned to s/c Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee02/25/2015
    P2C, ref. to Education Instruction & Programs--Government Operations for review02/23/2015
    P1C.02/18/2015
    Intro.02/12/2015
    Filed for intro.02/12/2015
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  • Fiscal Summary

    Increase State Expenditures - $332,300/One-Time Other Fiscal Impact - It is unclear whether revising the states current evaluation methodology will place federal funding at risk. The states No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver contains provisions that commit the state to our current system. The decision to withhold federal funding would be at the discretion of the U.S Department of Education.


    Bill Summary

    Under present law, the criteria developed for teacher and principal evaluations are based on the following requirements:

    (1) 50 percent must be comprised of student achievement data;
    (2) 35 percent of that 50 percent must be student achievement data based on student growth data as represented by the Tennessee value-added assessment system or some other comparable measure of student growth;
    (3) 15 percent of that 50 percent must be based on other measures of student achievement selected from a list of such measures developed by the teacher evaluation committee;
    (4) If a particular teacher's or principal's student growth data reflects attainment of a specific achievement level, then such student growth data may, at the choice of the individual being evaluated, comprise 50 percent of their evaluation;
    (5) If an individual teacher's student growth data reflects attainment of an achievement level demonstrating an effectiveness level of above expectations or significantly above expectations as provided in the evaluation, then such student growth data may, at the discretion of the LEA and upon request of the teacher, comprise 100 percent of the teacher's final evaluation score;
    (6) For teachers without access to individual data representative of student growth 40 percent of the evaluation criteria must be comprised of student achievement data with 25 percent of such criteria based on student growth data as represented by the TVAAS or some other comparable measure if no such TVAAS data is available; and
    (7) The remaining 50 percent of the mandatory criteria for the evaluations must include, but is not limited to, the following: review of prior evaluations; personal conferences to include discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and remediation; relative to teachers only, classroom or position observation followed by written assessment; and relative to principals only, additional criteria pursuant to present law.

    This bill prohibits the use of a numerical system to evaluate teacher and principal performance in the teacher administrator evaluation rubric used for the annual evaluation of teachers and principals. This bill requires that teacher and principal performance evaluations be differentiated into three effectiveness groups, which are: "exceeds expectations", "meets expectations", or "below expectations."

    This bill revises the provisions described above in (5) so that a teacher with an attainment of an achievement level demonstrating an effectiveness level of "exceeds expectations" (instead of "above expectations or significantly above expectations") may have student growth data comprise 100 percent of the teacher's evaluation score.

    Under the present law provisions governing tenure, one of the requirements for tenure eligibility is that the teacher has received evaluations demonstrating an overall performance effectiveness level of "above expectations" or "significantly above expectations" during the last two years of the probationary period. This bill revises this provision to require that the teacher receive an effectiveness level of "exceeds expectations" instead of "above expectations or significantly above expectations." This bill makes corresponding changes throughout the code to reflect the change to the effectiveness levels made by this bill.

  • FiscalNote for SB0802/HB1265 filed under SB0802
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

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    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

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