SENATE, No. 2154

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 9, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Senator† ROBERT M. GORDON

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

Senator† SHIRLEY K. TURNER

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Lesniak, O'Toole, Sarlo, Codey, Doherty, P.Barnes, III, Beck, Gill, Bateman and Pennacchio

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Creates Education Reform Review Task Force; delays certain uses of certain assessments and certain changes to teacher evaluation system.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning education reform and initiatives, and supplementing P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.) and chapter 7C of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† As used in P.L.††† ,† c.†† (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), ďPARCC assessmentsĒ means the assessments developed by the consortium of states known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

 

†††† 2.††† a.† There is established the Education Reform Review Task Force.† The purpose of the task force shall be to review the implementation of the common core state standards in English-language arts and mathematics, the use of PARCC assessments, the implementation and potential effects of the teacher and principal evaluation systems established pursuant to P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.), and issues related to the use of certain student data.

†††† b.††† The task force shall consist of the following 15 members:

†††† (1)†† the Commissioner of Education, or the commissionerís designee, who shall serve ex officio;

†††† (2)†† eight members appointed by the Governor, one upon the recommendation of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, one upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, one upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, one upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Schools, one upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Education Association, one upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, one upon the recommendation of the New Jersey School Boards Association, and one, who has demonstrated expertise in special education instruction and curriculum, upon the recommendation of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network;

†††† (3)†† three public members appointed by the Senate President, one† of whom is the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a New Jersey public school, one of whom has demonstrated expertise in language arts literacy instruction and curriculum, and one of whom has demonstrated expertise in mathematics instruction and curriculum; and

†††† (4)†† three public members appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, one of whom is the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a New Jersey public school, one of whom has demonstrated expertise in language arts literacy instruction and curriculum, and one of whom has demonstrated expertise in mathematics instruction and curriculum.

†††† c.††† Appointments to the task force shall be made within 30 days of the effective date of P.L.††† , c.†† (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).† Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made.† Members of the task force shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenditures incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the task force within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the task force for its purposes.

 

†††† 3.††† The task force shall organize as soon as practicable following the appointment of its member, but no later than 60 days after the appointment of the members.† The task force shall choose one member of the task force to serve as the chairperson.† The task force shall also appoint a secretary who need not be a member of the task force.

 

†††† 4.††† The Department of Education shall provide such stenographic, clerical, and other assistance, and such professional staff as the task force requires to carry out its work.† The task force shall also be entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of the employees of any State, county, or municipal department, board, bureau, commission, or agency as it may require and as may be available for its purposes.

 

†††† 5.††† The task force shall evaluate the implementation of the common core state standards in English-language arts and mathematics, the use of PARCC assessments, the implementation and potential effect of the teacher and principal evaluation systems developed pursuant to P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.), and issues related to the use of student data.† The evaluation shall include, but need not be limited to, the following:

†††† a.††† a description of actions taken by the State to date to implement the common core state standards and a timeline of any subsequent actions to be taken;

†††† b.††† a comparison of the common core state standards in English-language arts and mathematics to the core curriculum content standards in language arts literacy and mathematics that existed prior to the adoption of the common core state standards;

†††† c.††† an estimate of the full cost for school districts to deliver to students the common core state standards, including those costs already incurred by school districts and those to be incurred in the future;

†††† d.††† an analysis of student performance on the State assessments prior to the 2012-2013 school year and in the 2012-2013 and subsequent school years; the analysis shall assess changes in the assessment results among different racial and ethnic groups and different economic groups;

†††† e.††† a review of school districtsí current technological capacity in relation to the capacity recommended for the administration of PARCC assessments, and an estimate of costs that school districts will incur to achieve the technological capacity recommended for administering PARCC assessments;

†††† f.†††† an estimate of the difference in short-term and long-term costs incurred by the State for the development, administration, and scoring of the current assessments and the PARCC assessments;

†††† g.††† an estimate of the difference between the current State assessments and the PARCC assessments in the amount of time that students spend taking State-required standardized assessments;

†††† h.††† the availability and feasibility of mechanisms, other than standardized assessments, to assess student, school, and district progress towards meeting State standards;

†††† i.†††† the number of school districts that use each of the commercially-available teacher and principal evaluation rubrics and the number of districts that use locally-developed teacher or principal evaluation rubrics that have been approved by the commissioner;

†††† j.†††† an analysis of the distribution of teachersí and principalsí ratings across the four defined annual rating categories in the 2013-2014 school year, including a disaggregation by the evaluation rubric;

†††† k.††† a statistical analysis correlating teachersí and principalsí evaluations under the rubric used by the school district in the 2013-2014 school year and the measures of student growth determined for the teachers and principals in the same school year;

†††† l.†††† an estimate of the costs incurred by school districts during the implementation of the teacher and principal evaluation systems including, but not limited to, the cost of purchasing a commercially-available teacher and principal evaluation rubrics, professional development costs, and costs of hiring supervisory employees to perform teacher observations; and

†††† m.†† an evaluation of issues related to the use and data mining of student and family personal data and a studentís right to privacy.† The task force shall consider, but not be limited to, data related to learning disabilities, student behavior, political affiliation, religious affiliation, and medical history.

 

†††† 6.††† The task force shall issue a final report to the Governor, and to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), no later than one year after the task force organizes.† Prior to issuing its final report, the task force shall hold at least four public hearings, with at least one public hearing in each of the northern, central, and southern regions of the State, to gather information regarding the implementation of the common core state standards, the PARCC assessments, the teacher and principal evaluation systems, and alternative forms of assessment.† The task force shall expire on the 30th day after the issuance of its final report.

 

†††† 7.††† Notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.) or any other section of law or regulation to the contrary, the annual summative evaluation rating of a teaching staff member for any school year shall not include any student growth percentile prior to the submission of the final report by the Education Reform Review Task Force pursuant to section 6 of P.L.††† , c.†† (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), or two years after the effective date of that act, whichever occurs later.

†††† As used in this section, ďstudent growth percentileĒ means a specific metric for measuring individual student progress on Statewide assessments by tracking how much a studentís test scores have changed relative to other students Statewide with similar scores in previous years.

 

†††† 8.††† During the two school years beginning after the effective date of P.L.††† , c.†† (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), a school district shall have the option of administering the PARCC assessment online, using a pencil and paper format, or a combination of the two formats.

 

†††† 9.††† The Department of Education shall not use the PARCC assessment to satisfy the provisions of P.L.1979, c.241 (C.18A:7C-1 et seq.), or for any other student or school accountability purposes, including the inclusion on a studentís transcripts or in the report disseminated pursuant to P.L.1995, c.235 (C.18A:7E-1 et seq.), prior to the submission of the final report by the Education Reform Review Task Force pursuant to section 6 of P.L.††† , c.† (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), or two years after the effective date of that act, whichever occurs later.

 

†††† 10.† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill establishes the Education Reform Review Task Force to analyze the implementation of the adoption of the common core state standards, the use of assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC assessments), the implementation and effects of the teacher evaluation system, and the use of certain student data.† The task force will have 15 members, including the Commissioner of Education, or a designee, serving ex officio, and eight members appointed by the Governor, including one member each upon the recommendation of the following organizations: the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Schools, the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network.† The Senate President and the Speaker of the General Assembly would each appoint three public members including a parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a New Jersey public school, an individual with expertise in language arts literacy instruction and curriculum, and an individual with expertise in mathematics instruction and curriculum.† The bill requires the task force to issue a final report within one year of organizing.

†††† The bill also stipulates that the student growth percentile (a measure of how much a studentís test score has changed relative to other students who have a similar test score history) may not be used in a teacherís or principalís summative evaluation until the task force submits its final report, or two years after the billís effective date, whichever occurs later.† Similarly, the bill also states that the PARCC assessments may not be used as the high school graduation requirement and other school and student accountability purposes until the task force submits its final report, or two years after the billís effective date, whichever occurs later.† Under the bill, a school district would have the option of administering the PARCC assessment online, using a pencil and paper format, or a combination of the two, in the two school years following the billís enactment.