2009 -- H 5724

Enacted 05/20/09



H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Gablinske, Brien, Edwards, Driver, and Pacheco

     Date Introduced: February 26, 2009



     WHEREAS, The primary goal of Rhode Island's educational system is to have all

students attain high performance standards, and to impel each level of public education including

classrooms, schools, school districts, and the state, to pursue this goal relentlessly; and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island's public schools face an existing and projected severe shortage

of teachers in hard-to-staff areas, including mathematics, science, special education, and in low

income and low performing schools, which jeopardizes students' academic opportunities; and

     WHEREAS, Addressing the shortage of teachers in hard-to-staff subjects and schools

requires multiple strategies, including, but not necessarily limited to, expanding and strengthening

career pathways to encourage talented individuals to become teachers in these hard-to-staff

subjects and schools, and restructuring compensation systems to direct incentives and ongoing

support to new and existing teachers who are fostering student achievement so that they will

choose to stay in Rhode Island's public elementary and secondary education classrooms; and

     WHEREAS, A restructured compensation system based on teacher performance, in

tandem with a realigned human capital development system, will reinforce the message to

teachers, school and district administrators, students, and parents that high expectations for

academic achievement are needed for all students, and that instructional expertise will be

rewarded; and

     WHEREAS, The development and implementation of performance-based teacher

compensation systems, that consider and incorporate gains in student academic achievement,

classroom evaluations conducted multiple times during each school year, and other factors that

provide educators with incentives to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles, is

consistent with the priorities identified in the recently authorized federal stimulus package

(H.B. 1); now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby requests the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and

Secondary Education to conduct a study of restructured performance-based teacher compensation

systems that would provide incentives to teachers for developing their knowledge and

instructional skills in order to improve student learning. This would enable schools, school

districts, and charter schools to recruit and retain effective teachers in hard-to-staff subjects and

schools, including mathematics, science, special education, and low-income schools, encourage

effective teachers to undertake challenging assignments, and support teachers' and schools' roles

in improving students' educational achievement.

     The plan should identify:

     (1) Options for structuring performance-based teacher compensation systems in Rhode

Island based on reviews of such systems in other states;

     (2) Changes to career opportunities within schools that would support a restructured

performance-based teacher compensation system;

     (3) District level planning activities that need to take place;

     (4) Measures that could be used to assess teacher effectiveness;

     (5) Agreements that must be put into place;

     (6) Professional development that would need to accompany changes in compensation


     (7) Other aspects of school district human resource management systems that must be

addressed to support a restructured system of performance-based compensation and professional

advancement that is based on documented instructional effectiveness;

     (8) School districts' new or changed reporting responsibilities under alternative

compensation systems;

     (9) Fiscal implications for restructured performance-based teacher compensation plans;

     (10) RIDE's role in supporting districts' development and implementation of restructured

teacher compensation systems; and

     (11) Options for district level pilot programs; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That this House requests that said study shall be completed and a report

provided to the Speaker of the House on or before February 1, 2010; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary

and Secondary Education and the Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary

and Secondary Education.