MONTANA LEGISLATIVE BRANCH - Montana's Official State Website

MONTANA LEGISLATIVE BRANCH - Montana's Official State Website

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MONTANA LEGISLATIVE BRANCH Legislative Fiscal Division jurisdiction of the school district or another public agency, including law enforcement,

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MONTANA LEGISLATIVE BRANCH Legislative Fiscal Division Room 110 Capitol Building * PO Box 201711 * Helena, MT 596201711 * (406) 4442986 * FAX (406) 4443036 Director AMY CARLSON DATE: July 2, 2012 TO: Montana School Districts FROM: Robert Miller, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Division RE: Fiscal Analysis of the proposed amendments to Chapter 55 Standards of Accreditation The state superintendent has submitted its final recommend amendments to Chapter 55 Standards of Accreditation to the Board of Public Education (BPE) The BPE is set to take final action on the recommended changes in September 2012 Prior to that date the Legislative Fiscal Division (LFD), in accordance with MCA 207101, is required to complete a fiscal analysis of the proposed changes This fiscal analysis will be delivered to the Education and Local Government Committee and will be made available to the legislature and budget office for consideration It is very important that your views are part of the process Earlier last month, the LFD sent each of the superintendents a questionnaire concerning potential impacts of these changes This memo is a follow up with additional and more specific questions related to several of the amendments that LFD believes may impose additional expenses on the school districts Please respond and be as quantitative as possible (please itemize your responses) In addition, you should review all of the changes to the standards and comment on any other changes you feel may impact your school or district financially You can view all of the changes at: http://opimtgov/Programs/Accred/Chapt55php Please provide your input not later than July 30 th Thank you for your help Robert Miller Fiscal Analyst Legislative Fiscal Division Montana State Capitol Building Room 110G 4064441795 Questions for amendments to Chapter 55 Changes to 1055606 (Standards of Accreditation) In addition to assurance standards accreditation will also depend on student performance Student performance will be based on:  Math average scores for all students’ grades 3‐8 and 10 th    Reading average scale score for all students grades 3‐8 and 10 th   Science average scale score for all students grades 4, 8, and 10    Graduation rates for high schools   In regard to these changes, what expenses will your schools incur related to 1 Professional development to increase student performance  2 New programs or changes to existing programs designed to improve student performance  3 Administrative costs  4 Other costs  Changes to 1055701 (4), (5) (Staff Evaluation and Mentoring) This is a new requirement for policies and procedures for the regular and periodic evaluation of all regularly employed school district employees In addition there is a requirement for schools to establish teaching, mentoring, and induction programs to assist all licensed staff in meeting teaching standards For your convenience the changes to 1055701 (5) are provided below Please comment on incremental expenses your district may incur related to these changes in the areas of: 1 Professional development (Teachers, Principles and any other administrative staff)   2 Administrative costs  3 Other costs  Specifically, please review your district’s current evaluation instrument and compare it to the new guidelines in the amended rules To comply with the new rules:  Will your district be able to keep the current evaluation instrument, or need to modify or adopt  a completely new instrument all together?    With any of these possibilities, will your district  have to provide professional development to both teachers and principals (who will be doing  the evaluations in most cases)      Is your current teacher evaluation process included in your district’s collective bargaining  agreement? How will this impact those agreements?    Does your district currently have a mentoring and induction program?  Will you need to modify  or create a mentoring and induction program and what cost will be associated with  these  changes?    Amendments  (a) The evaluation system for licensed teachers used by a school district shall include an assessment of the extent to which the teacher: (i) understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences; (ii) uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities, including American Indians and tribes in Montana, to ensure inclusive environments that enable each learner to meet high standards; (iii) works with others to create environments that support individual

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