HR 1368

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 1368

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the establishment of teacher evaluation programs.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 5, 2011

Mrs. DAVIS of California (for herself and Mr. POLIS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the establishment of teacher evaluation programs.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

SEC. 3. ROBUST TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS.

`(aa) how to provide specific feedback about improving teaching and principal practice based on evaluation results;

`(bb) how to evaluate teachers and principals using the performance ratings described in clause (i) and established under subparagraphs (B)(iii) and (C)(viii); and

`(cc) a measure of student academic growth with respect to the State's academic standards of the school's students, including students in each of the subgroups described in paragraph (2)(C)(v)(II), and training on how to interpret such measure;

`(aa) a performance rating, as described in clause (i), that is based on multiple measures;

`(bb) in the case of a teacher, in addition to the measures required under subparagraph (B)--

`(AA) in a grade level and subject area with a statewide assessment, a measure of student learning gains that is comparable across the State for all teachers in grade levels and subject areas with a statewide assessment; or

`(BB) in a grade level and subject area without a statewide assessment, a measure of student learning gains that is comparable across the local educational agency for all teachers in grade levels and subject areas without a statewide assessment;

`(cc) ongoing formative feedback and specific recommendations on areas for professional improvement, which includes an identification of areas in which the teacher or principal can strengthen practices to improve student learning;

`(dd) commendations for excellence in areas of strong performance and in areas of significant improvement; and

`(ee) in the case of a teacher or principal who is identified as being in 1 of the lowest 2 performance ratings described in clause (i), a comprehensive remediation plan within set time parameters not to exceed 1 year;

`(aa) comparing the teacher and principal evaluation results, for each agency and each agency's schools, against the student academic achievement and student growth in the agency and each agency's schools;

`(bb) assessing the extent to which each local educational agency's existing system demonstrates meaningful differentiation among teacher performance levels and among principal performance levels; and

`(cc) comparing implementation and results across the evaluation systems of local educational agencies in the State to ensure--

`(AA) comparability across the State in implementation of such systems; and

`(BB) that such systems meet the State's criteria or definitions for each of the terms described in clause (i); and

`(aa) a teacher is evaluated against a rigorous rubric that defines multiple performance categories in alignment with the State's professional standards for teachers; and

`(bb) observation ratings meaningfully differentiate among teachers' performance and bear a relationship to evidence of student academic growth with respect to the State's academic standards.

SEC. 4. PUBLIC REPORTING.

`(aa) the local educational agency overall;

`(bb) the highest poverty and lowest poverty schools; and

`(cc) the highest minority and lowest minority schools; and'; and

SEC. 5. RECOGNITION OF LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES.

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