82R10348 PAM-D
  By: Villarreal H.B. No. 3058
  relating to a program for developing alternative local models for
  the appraisal and professional development of public school
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 21, Education Code, is amended by adding
  Subchapter H-1 to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.381.  DEFINITION. In this subchapter, "program"
  means the local appraisal and professional development program.
  PROGRAM. (a) To promote the rapid development of models for
  improved approaches to teacher appraisal and professional
  development, the commissioner by rule shall establish a local
  appraisal and professional development program under which school
  districts receive program grants from the agency funded with agency
  money that may be used for the purpose, including any such
  appropriated money, to use in planning and conducting trials of
  models of teacher appraisal and professional development as an
  alternative to the recommended appraisal process under Section
         (b)  In establishing the program, the commissioner, in
  consultation with the committee established under Subsection (c),
  shall adopt program guidelines for a school district to follow in
  developing a local plan in accordance with the criteria established
  under Section 21.383.
         (c)  The commissioner shall appoint a committee of
  interested persons, including classroom teachers with appropriate
  experience, as determined by the commissioner, agency staff,
  education policy makers, representatives of educator preparation
  programs and educator associations, and educators with appropriate
  experience, as determined by the commissioner, in teacher
  development and evaluation, to assist the commissioner in
  developing the program guidelines.
         Sec. 21.383.  LOCAL PLANS. (a) With respect to the content
  of a local plan developed by a school district under this
  subchapter, a local plan must define:
               (1)  professional standards of teaching practice,
                     (A)  planning and preparation;
                     (B)  instruction;
                     (C)  managing a classroom;
                     (D)  communicating with families;
                     (E)  collaborating with professional colleagues;
                     (F)  other aspects of discharging professional
               (2)  standards for assessing teaching practices using
  multiple measures of teacher performance, including student
  learning, with no single measure given predominant weight;
               (3)  standards for teaching and learning conditions,
                     (A)  preparation and collaboration time;
                     (B)  facility and resource availability;
                     (C)  teacher autonomy;
                     (D)  school safety and discipline; and
                     (E)  community support services availability for
  students and families of students;
               (4)  standards for professional development support
  systems that provide opportunities for teachers at all levels of
  experience to continuously improve, including mentoring, coaching,
  and other forms of peer support; and
               (5)  standards for implementing the local plan,
                     (A)  providing definitions of teacher
  performance, including excellent, acceptable, and less than
  competent performance;
                     (B)  providing training requirements for
                     (C)  providing opportunities for teacher
                     (D)  providing prompt assessments based on
  reliable measurements;
                     (E)  providing frequent collaboration between
  teacher and evaluator designed to enhance professional
  improvement; and
                     (F)  ensuring data integrity and transparency.
         (b)  For purposes of Subsection (a)(2), in using student
  learning as one measure of teacher performance, student learning
  must be measured using multiple, research-based measures, with no
  single measure given predominant weight.
         (c)  With respect to the process for developing a local plan
  under this subchapter, the school district must:
               (1)  develop the plan in consultation with interested
  persons, including district classroom teachers who may be subject
  to the plan's appraisal and professional development process,
  students and parents of students in the district, community
  representatives, and faculty members of local educator preparation
               (2)  establish teacher participation in and approval of
  the development of the plan by documenting a vote of approval of at
  least two-thirds of the classroom teachers at each campus that
  intends to participate in the local plan; and
               (3)  provide notice to classroom teachers described by
  Subdivision (2), before any vote under Subdivision (2), of specific
  criteria and any performance measures, including formulas, on which
  teacher appraisals will be based.
         Sec. 21.384.  APPROVAL; CONDITIONS. (a) A school district
  shall submit the district's local plan to the agency for approval.
  The plan must be submitted with documentation of teacher
  involvement in development of the plan as described by Section
         (b)  The agency may approve only local plans that meet
  program guidelines adopted by the commissioner and that satisfy the
  criteria established by Section 21.383.
         (c)  A school district whose local plan is approved by the
  agency to receive a program grant under this subchapter may renew
  the plan for not more than two consecutive years.
         (d)  As a condition of approval, the school district must
  agree to evaluation of the district's local plan as provided by
  Section 21.386.
         Sec. 21.385.  PRIVATE FUNDING. The commissioner may accept
  gifts, grants, or donations to fund a grant administered under this
         Sec. 21.386.  EVALUATION OF PROGRAM. Using agency money
  that may be used for the purpose, including any such appropriated
  money, the agency shall contract with an impartial, independent
  entity to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the program.  The
  evaluation must include:
               (1)  a descriptive analysis of the development and
  implementation of the program at participating campuses or school
  districts, including detailed descriptions of the models used by
  the campuses or districts for teacher appraisal and professional
               (2)  detailed information regarding standards for
  assessing teaching practices under the program, including measures
  for teacher performance used by the campuses in assessing teaching
               (3)  a comprehensive, quantitative analysis of the
  impact of the program at participating campuses or districts,
  including the impact of the various models used by the campuses or
  districts on key outcomes in the program; and
               (4)  a summary of the models used by participating
  campuses or districts for teacher appraisal and professional
  development and an assessment of whether those models are used
  effectively by the participating campuses or districts.
         Sec. 21.387.  REPORT. Not later than December 1, 2016, the
  agency shall prepare and deliver to each member of the legislature a
  report describing the results of the program under this subchapter,
  including the results of the evaluation conducted in accordance
  with Section 21.386. 
         Sec. 21.388.  RULES. The commissioner shall adopt rules as
  necessary to administer this subchapter.
         Sec. 21.389.  EXPIRATION. This subchapter expires June 1,
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2011.