(c) A teacher or principal evaluated under this subsection shall be placed in one of multiple performance categories.
(3) (a) The department shall promulgate by rule an equivalency process aligned with the evaluation system established under sub. (2) for a school district or a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) seeking to utilize an alternative process for the evaluation of teacher and principal practice. The process under this subsection shall be based on the criteria established in the 2011 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium and the 2008 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Educational Leadership Policy Standards, and a school district or charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) that uses the process under this subsection shall evaluate the performance of teachers in the following domains:
1. Planning and preparation.
2. The classroom environment.
4. Professional responsibilities and development.
(b) A teacher or principal evaluated under this subsection shall be placed in one of multiple performance categories.
118.016 of the statutes is created to read:
118.016 Assessments of reading readiness. (1) Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, each school board and the governing body of each charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) shall, using the appropriate, valid, and reliable assessment of literacy fundamentals selected by the department, annually assess each pupil enrolled in kindergarten in the school district or in the charter school for reading readiness. The department shall ensure that the assessment evaluates whether a pupil possesses phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge.
(1g) If a pupil is enrolled in a special education program under subch. V of ch. 115, the school board or operator of the charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) shall comply with s. 115.77 (1m) (bg).
(1r) The school board or governing body of the charter school shall report the results of a pupil's assessment under sub. (1) to the pupil's parent or guardian.
(2) The school board of the school district or governing body of the charter school in which the pupil is enrolled shall provide a pupil whose assessment under sub. (1) indicates that he or she is at risk of reading difficulty with interventions or remedial reading services, as described under s. 121.02 (1) (c).
118.19 (14) of the statutes is created to read:
118.19 (14) (a) The department may not issue an initial teaching license that authorizes the holder to teach in grades kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher, or an initial license as a reading specialist, unless the applicant has passed an examination identical to the Foundations of Reading test administered in 2012 as part of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure. The department shall set the passing cut score on the examination at a level no lower than the level recommended by the developer of the test, based on this state's standards.
(c) Any teacher who passes the examination under par. (a) shall notify the department, which shall add a notation to the teacher's license indicating that he or she passed the examination.
119.04 (1) Subchapters IV, V and VII of ch. 115, ch. 121 and ss. 66.0235 (3) (c), 66.0603 (1m) to (3), 115.01 (1) and (2), 115.28, 115.31, 115.33, 115.34, 115.343, 115.345, 115.365 (3), 115.38 (2), 115.415, 115.445, 118.001 to 118.04, 118.045, 118.06, 118.07, 118.075, 118.076, 118.10, 118.12, 118.125 to 118.14, 118.145 (4), 118.15, 118.153, 118.16, 118.162, 118.163, 118.164, 118.18, 118.19, 118.20, 118.223, 118.225, 118.24 (1), (2) (c) to (f), (6), (8), and (10), 118.245, 118.255, 118.258, 118.291, 118.292, 118.30 to 118.43, 118.46, 118.51, 118.52, 118.55, 120.12 (2m), (4m), (5), and (15) to (27), 120.125, 120.13 (1), (2) (b) to (g), (3), (14), (17) to (19), (26), (34), (35), (37), (37m), and (38), 120.14, 120.21 (3), and 120.25 are applicable to a 1st class city school district and board.
120.12 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
120.12 (2m) Educator effectiveness. (a) Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, evaluate the effectiveness of each teacher and principal employed by the school district using either the system established under s. 115.415 (2) or the equivalency process established by rule under s. 115.415 (3).
(b) Ensure that the results of evaluations conducted under this subsection are not subject to public inspection, copying, or disclosure under s. 19.35.
121.02 (1) (c) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.02 (1) (c) (intro.) Provide interventions or remedial reading services for a pupil in grades kindergarten to 4 if any of the following occurs:
121.02 (1) (c) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
121.02 (1) (c) 3. The pupil's reading assessment under s. 118.016 indicates that the pupil is at risk of reading difficulty. If this subdivision applies, the interventions or services provided the pupil shall be scientifically based and shall address all areas in which the pupil is deficient in a manner consistent with the state standards in reading and language arts.
(1) Educator effectiveness evaluation system. Notwithstanding section 16.42 (1) (e) of the statutes, in submitting information under section 16.42 of the statutes for purposes of the 2013-15 biennial budget bill, the department of public instruction shall submit information concerning the cost of developing and implementing the educator effectiveness evaluation system and equivalency process under section 115.415 of the statutes, as created by this act.
(2) Read to lead development council. Notwithstanding the length of terms specified in section 14.017 (5) (a) 5. of the statutes, as created by this act, 5 of the initial members under that section shall be appointed for 2-year terms, 6 of the initial members shall be appointed for 3-year terms, and 5 of the initial members shall be appointed for 4-year terms.
(1) Transfer to governor's read to lead development fund. There is transferred from the general fund to the governor's read to lead development fund $400,000 in the first fiscal year of the fiscal biennium in which this subsection takes effect.
(1) Teaching license. The treatment of section 118.19 (14) (a) of the statutes first applies to an application for a teaching license received by the department of public instruction on January 1, 2014.