AB 5

Assembly Bill 5 (Fuentes)

Teacher Evaluation

Introduced December 6, 2010

As Proposed to be Amended
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Rewrites existing law establishing a teacher evaluation system that will provide continuous support to teachers with the intent of leading to better instruction for students by requiring school districts to:

  • Adopt and implement “a fair, transparent, and rigorous evaluation system. . . based on a uniform standard” in school year 2012-13
  • Consult with the local union in the collective bargaining process*
    • Open issue but staff is exploring:
      • How to involve parents and students in process of developing evaluation system
      • What type of feedback from parents and students should be included as a component of the evaluation?
      • Note:  LAUSD Supt. Deasy’s commitment and LAUSD’s experience of using students’ surveys is being considered as a model.
  • Include specific components
    • Evidence of teacher effectiveness meeting the “California Standards for the Teaching Profession”
      • Open issues but staff is exploring:
        • Should districts be required to use all 6 Standards?
        • Current practice is that districts/unions bargain which Standards
    • Evidence of effectiveness teaching academic content standards in English Language Arts and mathematics, including, but not limited to, student progress measured by:
      • More than one year of test data from the California Standards Test (CST)
      • More than one year of test data from locally developed tests
      • Formative assessments
    • Evidence of effectiveness teaching English Language Development (ELD) standards measured by:
      • More than one year of test data from California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
      • More than one year of test data from locally developed tests
      • Formative assessments
      • Only for teachers of EL students assigned to teach EL Development standards
    • Multiple observations of the teacher in the classroom setting by trained administrators and other teachers using a uniform tool
  • Meet with teachers after observations to discuss recommendations for improvement
  • Determine an alternative method of evaluation for teachers of subjects other than English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Evaluate probationary teachers every school year
  • Evaluate permanent teachers every other year
  • Notify teachers if they are performing “in an unsatisfactory manner”
  • Confer with a teacher, make specific recommendations for improvement and “endeavor to assist” the teacher
  • Adopt a support program for teachers found “unsatisfactory”, for the purpose of improving teacher performance
  • Define “performing in an unsatisfactory manner” by agreement with the local union

Districts may adopt other additional evaluation components but must consult the local union

 

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