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92_SB0911 LRB9203660NTsb 1 AN ACT with regard to education. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing 5 Section 24A-5 and adding Article 24B as follows: 6 (105 ILCS 5/24A-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 24A-5) 7 Sec. 24A-5. Content of evaluation plans. Each school 8 district to which this Article applies shall establish a 9 teacher evaluation plan which ensures that each teacher in 10 contractual continued service is evaluated at least once in 11 the course of every 2 school years, beginning with the 12 1986-87 school year. 13 The evaluation plan shall comply with the requirements of 14 this Section and of any rules adopted by the State Board of 15 Education pursuant to this Section. 16 The plan shall include a description of each teacher's 17 duties and responsibilities and of the standards to which 18 that teacher is expected to conform. 19 The plan may provide for evaluation of personnel whose 20 positions require administrative certification by independent 21 evaluators not employed by or affiliated with the school 22 district. The results of the school district administrators' 23 evaluations shall be reported to the employing school board, 24 together with such recommendations for remediation as the 25 evaluator or evaluators may deem appropriate. 26 Evaluation of teachers whose positions do not require 27 administrative certification shall be conducted by an 28 administrator qualified under Section 24A-3, or -- in school 29 districts having a population exceeding 500,000 -- by either 30 an administrator qualified under Section 24A-3 or an 31 assistant principal under the supervision of an administrator -2- LRB9203660NTsb 1 qualified under Section 24A-3, and shall include at least the 2 following components: 3 (a) personal observation of the teacher in the 4 classroom (on at least 2 different school days in school 5 districts having a population exceeding 500,000) by a 6 district administrator qualified under Section 24A-3, or 7 -- in school districts having a population exceeding 8 500,000 -- by either an administrator qualified under 9 Section 24A-3 or an assistant principal under the 10 supervision of an administrator qualified under Section 11 24A-3, unless the teacher has no classroom duties. 12 (b) consideration of the teacher's attendance, 13 planning, and instructional methods, classroom 14 management, where relevant, and competency in the subject 15 matter taught, where relevant. 16 (b-5) results of the teacher's participation, if 17 any, in a peer assistance and review program for teachers 18 established pursuant to Article 24B of this Code. 19 (c) rating of the teacher's performance as 20 "excellent", "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory". 21 (d) specification as to the teacher's strengths and 22 weaknesses, with supporting reasons for the comments 23 made. 24 (e) inclusion of a copy of the evaluation in the 25 teacher's personnel file and provision of a copy to the 26 teacher. 27 (f) within 30 days after completion of an 28 evaluation rating a teacher as "unsatisfactory", 29 development and commencement by the district, or by an 30 administrator qualified under Section 24A-3 or an 31 assistant principal under the supervision of an 32 administrator qualified under Section 24A-3 in school 33 districts having a population exceeding 500,000, of a 34 remediation plan designed to correct deficiencies cited, -3- LRB9203660NTsb 1 provided the deficiencies are deemed remediable. In all 2 school districts the remediation plan for unsatisfactory, 3 tenured teachers shall provide for 90 school days of 4 remediation within the classroom and participation in a 5 peer assistance and review program for teachers 6 established pursuant to Article 24B of this Code, if 7 available. In all school districts evaluations issued 8 pursuant to this Section shall be issued within 10 days 9 after the conclusion of the respective remediation plan. 10 However, the school board or other governing authority of 11 the district shall not lose jurisdiction to discharge a 12 teacher in the event the evaluation is not issued within 13 10 days after the conclusion of the respective 14 remediation plan. 15 (g) participation in the remediation plan by the 16 teacher rated "unsatisfactory", a district administrator 17 qualified under Section 24A-3 (or -- in a school district 18 having a population exceeding 500,000 -- an administrator 19 qualified under Section 24A-3 or an assistant principal 20 under the supervision of an administrator qualified under 21 Section 24A-3), and a consulting teacher, selected by the 22 participating administrator or by the principal, or -- in 23 school districts having a population exceeding 500,000 -- 24 by an administrator qualified under Section 24A-3 or by 25 an assistant principal under the supervision of an 26 administrator qualified under Section 24A-3, of the 27 teacher who was rated "unsatisfactory", which consulting 28 teacher is an educational employee as defined in the 29 Educational Labor Relations Act, has at least 5 years' 30 teaching experience and a reasonable familiarity with the 31 assignment of the teacher being evaluated, and who 32 received an "excellent" rating on his or her most recent 33 evaluation. Where no teachers who meet these criteria 34 are available within the district, the district shall -4- LRB9203660NTsb 1 request and the State Board of Education shall supply, to 2 participate in the remediation process, an individual who 3 meets these criteria. 4 In a district having a population of less than 5 500,000 with an exclusive bargaining agent, the 6 bargaining agent may, if it so chooses, supply a roster 7 of qualified teachers from whom the consulting teacher is 8 to be selected. That roster shall, however, contain the 9 names of at least 5 teachers, each of whom meets the 10 criteria for consulting teacher with regard to the 11 teacher being evaluated, or the names of all teachers so 12 qualified if that number is less than 5. In the event of 13 a dispute as to qualification, the State Board shall 14 determine qualification. 15 (h) evaluations and ratings once every 30 school 16 days for the 90 school day remediation period immediately 17 following receipt of a remediation plan provided for 18 under subsections (f) and (g) of this Section; provided 19 that in school districts having a population exceeding 20 500,000 there shall be monthly evaluations and ratings 21 for the first 6 months and quarterly evaluations and 22 ratings for the next 6 months immediately following 23 completion of the remediation program of a teacher for 24 whom a remediation plan has been developed. These 25 subsequent evaluations shall be conducted by the 26 participating administrator, or -- in school districts 27 having a population exceeding 500,000 -- by either the 28 principal or by an assistant principal under the 29 supervision of an administrator qualified under Section 30 24A-3. The consulting teacher shall provide advice to 31 the teacher rated "unsatisfactory" on how to improve 32 teaching skills and to successfully complete the 33 remediation plan. The consulting teacher shall 34 participate in developing the remediation plan, but the -5- LRB9203660NTsb 1 final decision as to the evaluation shall be done solely 2 by the administrator, or -- in school districts having a 3 population exceeding 500,000 -- by either the principal 4 or by an assistant principal under the supervision of an 5 administrator qualified under Section 24A-3, unless an 6 applicable collective bargaining agreement provides to 7 the contrary. Teachers in the remediation process in a 8 school district having a population exceeding 500,000 are 9 not subject to the annual evaluations described in 10 paragraphs (a) through (e) of this Section. Evaluations 11 at the conclusion of the remediation process shall be 12 separate and distinct from the required annual 13 evaluations of teachers and shall not be subject to the 14 guidelines and procedures relating to those annual 15 evaluations. The evaluator may but is not required to 16 use the forms provided for the annual evaluation of 17 teachers in the district's evaluation plan. 18 (i) in school districts having a population of less 19 than 500,000, reinstatement to a schedule of biennial 20 evaluation for any teacher who completes the 90 school 21 day remediation plan with a "satisfactory" or better 22 rating, unless the district's plan regularly requires 23 more frequent evaluations; and in school districts having 24 a population exceeding 500,000, reinstatement to a 25 schedule of biennial evaluation for any teacher who 26 completes the 90 school day remediation plan with a 27 "satisfactory" or better rating and the one year 28 intensive review schedule as provided in paragraph (h) of 29 this Section with a "satisfactory" or better rating, 30 unless such district's plan regularly requires more 31 frequent evaluations. 32 (j) dismissal in accordance with Section 24-12 or 33 34-85 of The School Code of any teacher who fails to 34 complete any applicable remediation plan with a -6- LRB9203660NTsb 1 "satisfactory" or better rating. Districts and teachers 2 subject to dismissal hearings are precluded from 3 compelling the testimony of consulting teachers at such 4 hearings under Section 24-12 or 34-85, either as to the 5 rating process or for opinions of performances by 6 teachers under remediation. 7 In a district subject to a collective bargaining 8 agreement as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of 9 1997, any changes made by this amendatory Act to the 10 provisions of this Section that are contrary to the express 11 terms and provisions of that agreement shall go into effect 12 in that district only upon expiration of that agreement. 13 Thereafter, collectively bargained evaluation plans shall at 14 a minimum meet the standards of this Article. If such a 15 district has an evaluation plan, however, whether pursuant to 16 the collective bargaining agreement or otherwise, a copy of 17 that plan shall be submitted to the State Board of Education 18 for review and comment, in accordance with Section 24A-4. 19 Nothing in this Section shall be construed as preventing 20 immediate dismissal of a teacher for deficiencies which are 21 deemed irremediable or for actions which are injurious to or 22 endanger the health or person of students in the classroom or 23 school. Failure to strictly comply with the time requirements 24 contained in Section 24A-5 shall not invalidate the results 25 of the remediation plan. 26 (Source: P.A. 89-15, eff. 5-30-95; 90-548, eff. 1-1-98; 27 90-653, eff. 7-29-98.) 28 (105 ILCS 5/Art. 24B heading new) 29 ARTICLE 24B. PEER ASSISTANCE AND REVIEW PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS 30 (105 ILCS 5/24B-5 new) 31 Sec. 24B-5. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the 32 General Assembly to establish a teacher peer assistance and -7- LRB9203660NTsb 1 review system as a critical feedback mechanism that allows 2 exemplary teachers to assist veteran teachers in need of 3 development in subject matter knowledge or teaching 4 strategies or both. It is further the intent of the General 5 Assembly that a school district that operates a program 6 pursuant to this Article coordinate its employment policies 7 and procedures for that program with its activities for 8 professional staff development and the evaluations of 9 teachers pursuant to Article 24A of this Code. 10 (105 ILCS 5/24B-10 new) 11 Sec. 24B-10. Definitions. In this Article: 12 "Program" means a peer assistance and review program for 13 teachers established pursuant to this Article. 14 "School district" includes a regional office of 15 education. 16 (105 ILCS 5/24B-15 new) 17 Sec. 24B-15. Peer assistance and review program for 18 teachers. 19 (a) The governing board of a school district and the 20 exclusive representative of the teachers in the school 21 district may develop and implement a peer assistance and 22 review program for teachers that meets local conditions and 23 conforms with the principles set forth in subsection (b) of 24 this Section. 25 (b) At a minimum, the following principles shall be 26 included in a locally developed program authorized by this 27 Article: 28 (1) A teacher participant must be tenured if he or 29 she is an employee in a school district with 250 or 30 greater pupils in average daily attendance. A teacher 31 participant must volunteer to participate in the program 32 or be referred for participation in the program as a -8- LRB9203660NTsb 1 result of an evaluation performed pursuant to Article 24A 2 of this Code. In addition, teachers receiving assistance 3 may be referred pursuant to a collective bargaining 4 agreement. 5 (2) Performance goals for an individual teacher 6 must be in writing, clearly stated, aligned with pupil 7 learning, and consistent with Article 24A of this Code. 8 (3) Assistance and review must include multiple 9 observations of a teacher during periods of classroom 10 instruction. 11 (4) The program must expect and strongly encourage 12 a cooperative relationship between the consulting teacher 13 and the principal with respect to the process of peer 14 assistance and review. 15 (5) The school district must provide sufficient 16 staff development activities to assist a teacher in 17 improving his or her teaching skills and knowledge. 18 (6) The program must have a monitoring component 19 with a written record. 20 (7) The final evaluation of a teacher's 21 participation in the program shall be made available for 22 placement in the personnel file of the teacher receiving 23 assistance. 24 (105 ILCS 5/24B-20 new) 25 Sec. 24B-20. Consulting teacher. A consulting teacher 26 participating in a program operated pursuant to this Article 27 shall meet locally determined criteria and each of the 28 following qualifications: 29 (1) The consulting teacher must be a certified, 30 tenured teacher. 31 (2) The consulting teacher must have substantial 32 recent experience in classroom instruction. 33 (3) The consulting teacher must have demonstrated -9- LRB9203660NTsb 1 exemplary teaching ability, as indicated by effective 2 communication skills, subject matter knowledge, and 3 mastery of a range of teaching strategies necessary to 4 meet the needs of pupils in different contexts, among 5 other indications. 6 (105 ILCS 5/24B-25 new) 7 Sec. 24B-25. Joint teacher and administrator peer review 8 panel. 9 (a) The governance structure of a program designed 10 pursuant to this Article shall include a joint teacher and 11 administrator peer review panel that shall select consulting 12 teachers, review peer review reports prepared by consulting 13 teachers, and make recommendations to the governing board of 14 a school district regarding participants in the program, 15 including forwarding to the governing board the names of 16 individuals who, after sustained assistance, are not able to 17 demonstrate satisfactory improvement. 18 (b) The majority of the panel shall be composed of 19 certified teachers chosen to serve on the panel by other 20 certified teachers. The remainder of the panel shall be 21 composed of school administrators chosen to serve on the 22 panel by the school district. 23 (c) At a minimum, the panel's procedures for selecting 24 consulting teachers shall require the following: 25 (1) Consulting teachers must be selected by 26 majority vote of the panel. 27 (2) The selection process must include provisions 28 for classroom observation of the candidates for 29 consulting teacher by the panel. 30 (d) The panel shall also annually evaluate the impact of 31 the school district's peer assistance and review program in 32 order to improve the program. This evaluation may include, 33 but is not limited to, interviews or surveys of the program -10- LRB9203660NTsb 1 participants. The panel may submit recommendations for 2 improvement of the program to the governing board of the 3 school district and to the exclusive representative of the 4 teachers in the school district, if the teachers in the 5 school district are represented by an exclusive 6 representative. 7 (105 ILCS 5/24B-30 new) 8 Sec. 24B-30. Condition for accepting State funds. The 9 governing board of a school district that accepts State funds 10 for the purposes of this Article must agree to negotiate the 11 development and implementation of the program with the 12 exclusive representative of the teachers in the school 13 district, if the teachers in the school district are 14 represented by an exclusive representative. In a school 15 district in which the teachers are not represented, the 16 school district shall develop a peer assistance and review 17 program for teachers consistent with this Article in order to 18 be eligible to receive funding under this Article. 19 (105 ILCS 5/24B-35 new) 20 Sec. 24B-35. Performance of functions. Functions 21 performed pursuant to this Article by teachers employed in a 22 bargaining unit position shall not constitute either 23 management or supervisory functions. 24 (105 ILCS 5/24B-40 new) 25 Sec. 24B-40. Liability. Teachers who provide assistance 26 and review under a program shall have the same protection 27 from liability and access to an appropriate defense as other 28 public school teachers. 29 (105 ILCS 5/24B-45 new) 30 Sec. 24B-45. Programs combined. It is the intent of the -11- LRB9203660NTsb 1 General Assembly that school districts be allowed to combine, 2 by mutual agreement, their programs with those of other 3 school districts. 4 (105 ILCS 5/24B-50 new) 5 Sec. 24B-50. Administrative expenses. Not more than 5% 6 of the funds received by a school district for a program may 7 be expended for administrative expenses. 8 (105 ILCS 5/24B-55 new) 9 Sec. 24B-55. Participation in program. 10 (a) A peer assistance and review program for teachers 11 authorized under this Article must become fully operational 12 by July 1, 2003. A school district that elects to 13 participate in a program authorized under this Article must 14 certify to the State Superintendent of Education that it has 15 implemented a peer assistance and review program for teachers 16 pursuant to this Article. 17 (b) A school district that does not elect to participate 18 in a program authorized under this Article by July 1, 2003 is 19 not eligible for any apportionment, allocation, or other 20 funding from an appropriation for programs authorized under 21 this Article. 22 (c) Commencing February 1, 2004, a school district that 23 elects not to participate in a program authorized under this 24 Article shall report annually at a regularly scheduled 25 meeting of the governing board of the school district on the 26 rationale for not participating in the program. 27 (105 ILCS 5/24A-60 new) 28 Sec. 24A-60. State funding; uses. 29 (a) The State funding for programs authorized under this 30 Article is subject to an annual appropriation. 31 (b) A school district that receives funds for the -12- LRB9203660NTsb 1 purposes of this Article may also expend those funds for any 2 of the following purposes: 3 (1) A school district intern program. 4 (2) Professional development or other educational 5 activities. 6 (3) Any program that supports the training and 7 development of new teachers. 8 (105 ILCS 5/24B-65 new) 9 Sec. 24B-65. Evaluation of programs. Subject to the 10 availability of funding, the State Superintendent of 11 Education shall contract with an independent evaluator on or 12 before December 15, 2004 to prepare a comprehensive 13 evaluation of the implementation, impact, cost, and benefit 14 of peer assistance and review programs for teachers 15 authorized under this Article. The evaluation shall be 16 delivered to the General Assembly, the Governor, and other 17 interested parties on or before January 1, 2006. 18 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 19 July 1, 2001.
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