Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 280
       By Senator Albritton
       26-00855-19                                            2019280__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the placement of instructional
    3         personnel; amending s. 1012.34, F.S.; prohibiting the
    4         use of a specified student learning growth formula as
    5         the only factor in determining the placement of
    6         certain instructional personnel; providing an
    7         effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (7) of section
   12  1012.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         1012.34 Personnel evaluation procedures and criteria.—
   15         (a) The Commissioner of Education shall approve a formula
   16  to measure individual student learning growth on the statewide,
   17  standardized assessments in English Language Arts and
   18  mathematics administered under s. 1008.22. A third party,
   19  independent of the assessment developer, must analyze student
   20  learning growth data calculated using the formula and provide
   21  access to a data visualization tool that enables teachers to
   22  understand and evaluate the data and school administrators to
   23  improve instruction, evaluate programs, allocate resources, plan
   24  professional development, and communicate with stakeholders. The
   25  formula may not be the only factor used to determine the
   26  placement of a classroom teacher, as defined in s.
   27  1012.01(2)(a), and other instructional staff, as defined in s.
   28  1012.01(2)(d). The formula must take into consideration each
   29  student’s prior academic performance. The formula must not set
   30  different expectations for student learning growth based upon a
   31  student’s gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. In
   32  the development of the formula, the commissioner shall consider
   33  other factors such as a student’s attendance record, disability
   34  status, or status as an English language learner. The
   35  commissioner may select additional formulas to measure student
   36  performance as appropriate for the remainder of the statewide,
   37  standardized assessments included under s. 1008.22 and continue
   38  to select formulas as new assessments are implemented in the
   39  state system.
   40         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.