Report Title:

Department of Education; Quality Schools and Teachers

Description:

Requires development and implementation of systemwide information technology plan to assure student proficiency; requires establishment of rewards and assistance program for individuals, individual schools and school complexes who meet performance goals or fail to achieve performance goals. (SD1)

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

349

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302A-   Student access to information technology. Beginning with the 2003-2005 biennium, the superintendent shall develop and implement a systemwide information technology plan to ensure that all public school students will become progressively competent in the use of computer technology as provided in section 302A-1128. The superintendent shall submit to the board of education the information technology plan, including information, by school complex, identifying the current level of financial and staff resources available to implement the plan. Upon review of the plan, the board of education shall include in its education budget any additional resources necessary to implement the plan.

302A-   Quality schools and teachers; rewards and assistance. (a) Each individual school and school complex shall be eligible for annual rewards or assistance based upon achievement of their annual performance goals articulated in the biennial education budget. The performance goals shall be linked to student achievement of the Hawaii content and performance standards. These performance goals shall be based upon individual school's achievement of the content and performance standards within their respective school complex. These performance goals shall be measured using statewide student assessments and other indicators of achievement of the goals adopted by each school complex.

(b) The superintendent shall develop a system of rewards and assistance and identify the financial resources necessary to implement the system. Any rewards or assistance provided shall be based upon an evaluation and recommendations by a team of teachers and administrators working within the school complex. Rewards or assistance may be offered to an individual employee, a school, or a school complex.

(c) The superintendent shall submit recommendations for rewards and assistance to the board of education for review. The board shall include as part of the education budget, the amounts required for implementation of the rewards and assistance program. The superintendent shall also consult with the community partnerships coordinating council regarding availability of community resources for rewards and assistance.

(d) For purposes of this section:

"Assistance" means a program of targeted professional development within an individual school or school complex to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of staff to improve student achievement as reflected in the individual school or school complex performance goals.

"Reward" means a monetary or non-monetary recognition of successful student achievement of the individual school or school complex performance goals."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.