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ucation Policy & Advocacy Review Use of Assessment Data SB1136/ HB309 (M. Norris / D. Hawk) TEACHER EVALUATIONS PASSED • Adjusts the Evaluation Flexibility Act’s phasing in of student growth for use in evaluation scores by one year. For the 2016-2017 school year, student growth accounts for 10%; for the 2017-2018 school year, student growth accounts for 20%; student growth accounts for the full 35% beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. • The most recent year’s student growth data will account for the full 35% of growth data required in a teacher’s evaluation if such use results in a higher evaluation score. • For teachers without access to individual growth data representative of student growth, in the 2016-2017 school year no more than 10 percent of the evaluation criteria will be based on TVAAS data. STUDENT GRADE PERCENTAGES Also phases in the percentages of which a 3-8 grade student’s final grade for the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies is comprised of their TCAP scores. For the 2016-2017 school year, it will be 10%; for the 2017-2018 school year, it will be 15%; beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the percentage will be determined by the local board from a range of 15-25%. CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA Under present law, annual TCAP data is used to provide an estimate of the statistical distribution of teacher effects on the educational progress of students within school districts for grades 3-8. This bill adds that such estimates may be made available to parties conducting research for, or on behalf of, the department, schools, LEAs, or postsecondary institutions. The estimates will not be a public record and must be used only for research purposes. Each party receiving such estimates for research purposes must execute a signed data sharing agreement with the entity providing the data that includes provisions safeguarding the privacy and security of the data.