STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION
Assemblyman TROY SINGLETON
District 7 (Burlington)
Assemblywoman MARLENE CARIDE
District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)
Waives annual teacher evaluation requirement for certain teachers who supervise student teachers.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.
An Act concerning teacher evaluations and supplementing P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.).
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. Notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.) or any other law or regulation to the contrary, a teacher who has received at least two consecutive annual summative evaluation ratings of highly effective, or three consecutive annual summative evaluation ratings of effective or a combination of effective and highly effective, and who accepts responsibility to supervise a student teacher in the following school year, shall not be required to undergo an evaluation during the year in which the teacher supervises the student teacher.
b. A teacher whose annual evaluation requirement is waived pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall not be precluded from supervising a student teacher in subsequent school years.
2. This act shall take effect in the first full school year following the date of enactment.
Under the “Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act,” P.L.2012, c.26 (C.18A:6-117 et al.), teachers are evaluated annually based on multiple measures, including measures of student achievement. Under this bill, a teacher who is rated highly effective under the evaluation system for at least two consecutive evaluation periods, or is rated effective or a combination of effective and highly effective for three consecutive evaluation periods, and who accepts responsibility to supervise a student teacher in the following school year, will have the annual evaluation requirement waived during the school year in which the teacher supervises the student teacher. A teacher whose annual evaluation requirement is waived under the bill’s provisions is not precluded from supervising a student teacher in subsequent school years.
This bill would remove concerns regarding the evaluation process that a consistently effective teacher might have in accepting a student teacher. By providing an incentive for consistently effective teachers to supervise student teachers, the bill helps ensure that our future teachers will garner real world experience from the State’s best educators.