2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
March 5, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Farrow,
S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Vukmir and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Kitchens,
Brooks, Jagler, Horlacher, Kleefisch, Murphy and Thiesfeldt. Referred to
Committee on Education Reform and Government Operations.
1An Act to amend
115.385 (1) (intro.) and 115.415 (1); and to create
115.385 (1m) 2
of the statutes; relating to: pupil assessments, evaluation of educator
3effectiveness, and school accountability reports.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to annually
prepare accountability reports that evaluate the performance and improvement of
each school and school district in the state and, beginning in the 2015-16 school year,
of each participating private school and independent charter school. DPI must place
each school and school district into one of five performance categories based on
certain measures including pupil achievement in reading and mathematics.
This bill prohibits DPI from issuing a school accountability report for the
2014-15 school year.
Current law directs DPI to develop a system to evaluate the effectiveness of
teachers and principals in public schools, including independent charter schools.
Current law requires each school board and the governing body of each independent
charter school to evaluate teachers and principals in the school district or charter
school beginning in the 2014-15 school year. This bill delays until the 2015-16 school
year the requirement to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers and principals.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
115.385 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) Annually Subject to sub. (1m), annually
by September, the 3
department shall publish a school and school district accountability report that 4
includes all of the following components:
115.385 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
The department may not publish an accountability report for the 7
2014-15 school year.
115.415 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
The department shall develop an educator effectiveness evaluation 10
system and an equivalency process aligned with the department's evaluation system 11
for the evaluation of teachers and principals of public schools, including teachers and 12
principals of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r), as provided in this 13
section. Each school board and the governing body of each charter school established 14
under s. 118.40 (2r) shall evaluate teachers and principals in the school district or 15
charter school beginning in the 2014-15 2015-16
(1) Notwithstanding section 115.385 (1m) of the statutes, as created by this act, 18
the department of public instruction may include measures of pupil performance on 19
statewide assessment examinations administered under section 118.30 of the
statutes in the 2014-15 school year in the longitudinal data system maintained 2
under section 115.297 of the statutes.