RTTT Legislation Illinois Education Association by alicejenny


For IEA Staff & Leaders
  January 11-12, 2010

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                Webinar Overview
 Race to the Top (RTTT) Timelines
 Legislation Timelines
 Legislation
 Next Steps
 Questions
   Email to Larry Frank and Mitch Roth at:

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                  RTTT Timelines
 January 19, 2010: Phase I application deadline
 April 2010: Phase I awards announced and
  feedback provided to states not approved
 June 1, 2010: Phase II application deadline,
  taking into account feedback

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          RTTT Legislation Timeline

 Mid-Summer: ISBE began meeting with
  stakeholders to draft legislation
 Initial goal: Use legislation to strengthen Phase II
  application due in June 2010 if Phase I not
 Post-Thanksgiving goal: Strengthen Phase I
  application due on January 19, 2010
 January 12-14, 2010: Introduce and pass legislation

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                  RTTT Legislation
 Why IEA engaged in conversation about legislation?
   Our GA funding allies actively involved and want to
    bring RTTT $$$ into state
   State RTTT application weakest in RTTT assurance area
    of highly effective teachers and principals (most highly-
    rated area in RTTT application rubric)
   Opportunity to shape it consistent with our Priority One
    document and Legislative Platform before others shaped
    it for us
   Negatives of being a blocker

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                  RTTT Legislation
 3 Areas
   Performance evaluation
   Underperforming schools
   Alternative certification

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       RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Phased-in use of student growth for evaluation:
   RTTT “Secondary” MOU districts: 2011-2012 for Priority
   RTTT districts: 2012-2013
   CPS: 2012-2013 for at least 300 schools; 2013-2014 for the
   Remaining districts: 2015-2016 for lowest performing 20
    percent of remaining districts; 2016-17 for the rest

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       RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 All phase-in dates contingent on:
   State (in collaboration with unions, management and
    other stakeholders) develops systems/supports for
   Results of research-based study of RTTT districts and
    data from other states re: best approaches and practices
   Adequate/sustainable funds for State and districts to
    implement – ties to our continuing organizational
    and legislative priority
   If not met, implementation delayed by # of days to meet
   Assessment by ISBE in consultation with P-20 Council

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        RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Incorporation of Student Growth in Evaluation Plans:
   Substance of evaluation – not mandatory subject of
   Included components:
       How student growth/indicators will be used
       Relation to evaluation standards
       Assessments/indicators to be used and their weight
       Growth measure methodology
       Other evaluation criteria and their weight
   Determined by joint committee, with equal representation
    of management and teachers (selected by local)
   Agreement needed
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      RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Incorporation of Student Growth in Evaluation Plans:
   Required use of State model for student growth
    components where no agreement reached within 180
    days (90 days for CPS)
   State evaluation model/student growth rules developed
    by ISBE in collaboration with unions, school
    management, outside experts and other stakeholders
    (“Performance Evaluation Advisory Council”)

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       RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Incorporation of Student Growth in Evaluation Plans:
   Student growth no more than 50%; may be less if
    district/union agree, although likely minimum of 30%
   Multiple measures of student growth required, except
    for CPS
   Whether, when and what state assessments can be used
    to be determined – intent to prohibit use of ISAT
   Growth model will take into consideration such factors
    as student characteristics (special ed., ELL), years of
    data needed, student attendance/mobility

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       RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Beginning 2012-2013 school year:
   4 ratings categories for tenured teachers (adds “needs
    improvement” and changes “satisfactory” to
   Professional development plan for tenured teacher
    receiving “needs improvement”
   Formative evaluation of tenured teacher receiving
    “needs improvement” in subsequent year; summative
    evaluation remains on cycle

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        RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Beginning 2012-2013 school year:
   Expansion of evaluators
       Peer evaluation with union agreement
       CPS: Unit department chairs w/o CTU agreement; bargain
       Other non-Type 75 certificate holders
   Rigorous pre-qualification/training of evaluators
   Mid-point v. monthly evaluations during remediation
   CBA can provide for shorter remediation period

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       RTTT Legislation -- Evaluation
 Beginning immediately:
   Performance evaluations re-exempted from disclosure
    under the Freedom of Information Act
   Amends Personnel Records Act to prohibit disclosure of
   FOIA exempts from disclosure records prohibited from
    disclosure under the Personnel Records Act
 Still unclear whether the re-exemption will be part of
 RTTT evaluation bill or a separate bill

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  RTTT Legislation – Underperforming
      Schools (“Priority Schools”)

 Goals
    Attract/retain “highly effective” teachers
    Likely defined as excellent rating in last 2 of 4 evaluation
    Flexibility to innovate/improve student outcomes
 Accelerate teacher tenure
 Guaranteed LOA from home school district
 State Superintendent v. GA/ISBE waivers

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  RTTT Legislation – Underperforming
      Schools (“Priority Schools”)
 6% exemption for increased salary of
    Priority School teacher or
    District teacher responsible for instructional/staff
     development at 1 or more such schools (coaches &
 May repeal current Salary Incentive Program for Hard-
 to-Staff Schools (Section 21-29 of School Code)

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      RTTT Legislation – Alternative
 Permits alternative certification programs w/o higher
 education institutions being sponsors/partners

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                  IEA’s Next Steps
 Adequate/sustained funding remains our
  organizational and legislative priority
 RTTT legislation tied to it
 Funding language stronger than subject to
 If passed, more detailed analysis/strategies for
 Legislation may change over the next few days
 Keep alert for emails
 May need you to contact legislators, etc.
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                 IEA’s Next Steps

 More RTTT legislation and other information/Q & A’s
 at: http://ieatop.com
 Hear from staff & leaders on what you are hearing and
 what you need
 Support locals in dealing with issues created by

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