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Jeb's foundation: Here are the facts on SB 6

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Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future just sent out this press release about SB 6:

Opponents of reform have launched a misinformation campaign around Senate Bill 6 and its House companion, HB 7189. Here are the facts. Please pass on the information.
 
Evaluations:
* Requires at least half of the annual evaluation to be based on individual student progress, also called student learning gains, (essentially how much a student learns during the school year as measured by standardized tests), starting in 2014 – 2015 school year. Currently, no data on student learning is required as part of a teacher or administrator evaluation.
* Allows districts to use three consecutive years of data to measure learning gains.
* Requires classroom teachers to be evaluated based on progress of students in their class.
* Requires administrators and non-classroom teachers to be evaluated on average student learning gain of students school-wide.
* Requires two evaluations in the first year for new teachers, teachers from other states, and teachers who have not taught within five years.
* Requires evaluations to have four levels of performance – highly effective, effective, needs improvement and unsatisfactory – which will be defined by the Department of Education in collaboration with teachers and compensation experts.

Compensation:
* Requires school districts to adopt a salary schedule based upon the new 4-level evaluation system.
* Requires higher salaries for teachers and administrators who:
-  are assigned to a low-income or low-performing school (i.e., high need schools),
- teach in subject that has a shortage of teachers such as math or science (i.e., high need subject areas), or are assigned additional academic responsibility.
* Allows educational degrees to be considered in setting the salary schedule.
* Prohibits the use of years of service in setting the salary schedule; however, a district can provide raises based upon the “years of student progress” when determining pay.
* Establishes a dedicated pool of funding, equal to 5% of the total state, local, and federal public school funding (approximately $900 million) to:
* Provide salary increases for teachers in high need schools or high need subject areas
* Provide salary increases for teachers whose students are making progress (teachers who are rated highly effective or effective on the new evaluation system)
* Develop end-of-course assessments to measure individual student progress

Contracts:
* Makes no changes to tenure contracts for current teachers.
* Ends tenure for teachers hired on or after July 1, 2010. These newly hired teachers will be on an annual contract system:
* These teachers will start with one probationary contract followed by up to four annual contracts.
* Allows annual contracts after first five years for teachers who are designated effective or highly effective for two of the last three years.
* Adds poor performance, as demonstrated by a lack of student learning gains, as a “just cause” grounds for dismissing a teacher during the term of an annual contract.
* Requires a district school board, when making staff reductions, to base decisions on the employees’ performance as determined on annual evaluations.

Certification and Preparation:
* Requires out-of-state certified teachers to demonstrate subject area mastery.
* Requires temporary certificate-holders to demonstrate subject area mastery within one year of employment.
* Requires teachers to be evaluated as effective or highly effective on four of five annual evaluations to earn recertification.
* Requires approval of teacher preparation programs to be based upon demonstration that program graduates produce student learning gains.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:55am]

    

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