Florida Legislature considering teacher quality task force
Here are some details about a proposed teacher quality task force being considered by the Legislature in the wake of SB 6, and in the final days of the 2010 session. (We took it word-for-word from the Pinellas school district's latest "Friday update" to administrators.)
Teacher quality task force: Draft language under consideration by the House and Senate Conference Committee, a reaction to the vetoed SB 6, would create a Teacher Quality Task Force. Current House draft language provides for a 13-member task force to be appointed by July 15. The Senate is reviewing the language but has not responded to the proposal. The Commissioner of Education would serve as chair; the Senate president would appoint six members: a member of the business community; two public school teachers; a public school-based administrator; a parent of a public school student; and a school district superintendent. The Speaker of the House would also appoint six members: a member of the business community; two public school teachers; a public school-based administrator of a charter school; a parent of a public school student; and a representative of a school district classroom teachers association.
The purpose of the task force is to develop specific recommendations to improve the quality of the teaching workforce, increase student learning gains, and reward teachers by revising the appraisal, compensation, and contracting systems of instructional personnel and school-based administrators. The task force would make specific recommendations by Jan. 10, 2011, for legislation that contains comprehensive, research-based recommendations for legislation regarding:
• A new performance appraisal system for instructional personnel and school-based administrators based primarily upon student learning gains as determined by a value-added model that measures learning gains across comparable student populations, including English language learners and students with disabilities.
• A compensation system for instructional personnel and school-based administrators that would provide salary adjustments based upon differentiated responsibilities and the new performance appraisal.
• Alternative contracting instructional personnel, whereby employment decisions regarding recruitment, retention, and dismissal would be based on the new performance appraisal system.