PRINTER'S NO.  1267

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

SENATE BILL

 

No.

1087

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY PICCOLA AND DINNIMAN, JUNE 3, 2011

  

  

REFERRED TO EDUCATION, JUNE 3, 2011  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An

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act relating to the public school system, including certain

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provisions applicable as well to private and parochial

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schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the

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laws relating thereto," in professional employees, further

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providing for rating system.

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The General Assembly finds that:

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(1)  Quality classroom teachers are critical to the

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success of this Commonwealth's school system, to the

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education of children and to the development of a well-

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educated and capable work force.

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(2)  It is imperative that this Commonwealth have in

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place a thorough and effective means of evaluating and rating

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the quality of classroom teachers.

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(3)  For a teacher evaluation and rating system to be

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thorough and effective, it is essential that the system

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include student performance as an element in measuring

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teacher quality.

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(4)  This Commonwealth's existing system for evaluating

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and rating the quality of classroom teachers requires

 


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updating to include student performance as a factor to be

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considered in measuring teacher quality.

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(5)  This act is intended to allow the Department of

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Education to begin its work of revising this Commonwealth's

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teacher evaluation and rating system, with the expectation

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that future enactments will provide for new methods and

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criteria for teacher evaluation and rating in greater detail.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Section 1123 of the act of March 10, 1949

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(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949,

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amended March 29, 1996 (P.L.47, No.16), is amended to read:

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Section 1123.  Rating System.--

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(a)  (1)  In determining whether a professional employe shall

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be dismissed for incompetency or unsatisfactory teaching

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performance as provided for in section 1122(a) of this act, and

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in rating the services of a temporary professional employe, the

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professional employe or temporary professional employe shall be

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rated by an approved rating system which shall give due

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consideration to personality, preparation, technique[,] and

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pupil reaction, in accordance with standards and regulations for

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such scoring as defined by rating cards to be prepared by the

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Department of Education, and to be revised, from time to time,

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by the Department of Education with the cooperation and advice

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of a committee appointed by the Secretary of Education,

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including representation from district superintendents of

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schools, classroom teachers, school directors, school

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supervisors, parents of school-age children enrolled in a public

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school, a representative from a college or department of

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education within a higher education institution located within

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this Commonwealth, and such other groups or interests as the

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Secretary of Education may deem appropriate.

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(2)  In addition to the factors enumerated in paragraph (1),

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the rating shall also give due consideration to student

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performance.

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(3)  Rating shall be done by or under the supervision of the

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superintendent of schools or, if so directed by him, the same

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may be done by an assistant superintendent, a supervisor, or a

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principal, who has supervision over the work of the professional

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employe or temporary professional employe who is being rated:

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Provided, That no unsatisfactory rating shall be valid unless

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approved by the district superintendent.

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(b)  (1)  Notwithstanding the process for revising rating

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cards under subsection (a), the Department of Education shall

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revise and implement the use of rating cards in conformity with

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the provisions of subsection (a) relating to consideration of

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student performance by not later than January 1, 2012. In

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revising rating cards under this paragraph, the Department of

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Education shall consult with classroom teachers, school

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administrators, parents of school-age children enrolled in a

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public school, school board members and representatives of

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institutions of higher education.

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(2)  The Department of Education shall provide periodic

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reports to the chairman and minority chairman of the Education

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Committee of the Senate and the chairman and minority chairman

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of the Education Committee of the House of Representatives

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describing the status of the revision of rating cards under

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paragraph (1). Periodic reports required under this paragraph

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shall be due on September 1, 2011, November 1, 2011, and January

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1, 2012. The periodic report due on September 1, 2011, shall

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include a proposal by the Department of Education for a

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comprehensive revision of the professional employe rating

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system.

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(c)  Upon implementation of the revised rating cards

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described in this section, the rating form contained in 22 Pa.

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Code Ch. 351 (relating to teacher tenure hearings) and any

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alternative rating forms approved pursuant to 22 Pa. Code Ch.

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351 shall be null and void.

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(d)  The provisions of subsections (a)(2), (b) and (c) shall

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expire June 30, 2012.

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Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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