The bill prohibits the state board of education (state board) and the department of education from publishing the educator effectiveness ratings for a grade level, subject area, school, or school district if the number of educators in the reported group is small enough to enable a person to identify an individual educator's effectiveness rating.
Under current law, a small rural school district or a public school of a small rural school district may submit a performance plan every 2 years instead of annually if the school district is accredited or accredited with distinction or if the public school is operating under a performance plan. The bill extends this provision to all school districts and public schools.
Under current law, the department makes the core course level participation and performance reports available on its website starting in the 2016-17 academic year. The bill delays public reporting of this information for 2 years.
The bill requires the state board to ensure that policies, guidelines, and rules do not impose an undue burden on local education providers and, when appropriate to avoid an undue burden, to adopt guidelines, policies, and rules that apply specifically to rural local education providers.