Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 153, School District Personnel, Subchapter BB, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Professional Development, §153.1011, Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program
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II. Text of Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 153, School District Personnel, Subchapter BB, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Professional Development, §153.1011, Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program (PDF)
The rule action presented in this item will be filed as adopted with the Texas Register under the commissioner's rulemaking authority. This item adopts an amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 153, School District Personnel, Subchapter BB, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Professional Development, §153.1011, Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program. The adopted amendment implements the requirements of the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.458, as amended by Senate Bill (SB) 1290, 81st Texas Legislature, 2009. No changes were made to the rule since published as proposed.
TEC, §21.458, as amended by SB 1290, 81st Texas Legislature, 2009.
June 7, 2010.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES:
The TEC, §21.458, directed the commissioner to adopt rules addressing qualifications of a mentor and uses for mentor program funding. In accordance with the TEC, §21.458, the commissioner exercised rulemaking authority to adopt 19 TAC §153.1011 to be effective May 31, 2007. The rule established definitions and provisions relating to the beginning teacher induction and mentoring program, including program implementation and the qualifications, assignment, and duties of a mentor teacher. In accordance with statute, the rule also established that a classroom teacher who has less than two years of teaching experience may be assigned a mentor teacher.
SB 1290, 81st Texas Legislature, 2009, amended the TEC, §21.458, to authorize school districts to assign a mentor teacher to a teacher assigned to a new subject or grade level. SB 1290 also provided that to the extent practicable a teacher assigned as a mentor must teach in the same school.
The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §153.1011 incorporates the TEC, §21.458, changes. Subsection (a) was updated to define a beginning teacher as a classroom teacher who has less than two years of teaching experience in the subject or grade level to which the teacher is assigned. Subsection (d) was revised to update language regarding a mentor teacher assignment.
No changes were made to the rule since published as proposed.
The Texas Education Agency has determined that there are no additional costs to persons or entities required to comply with the rule action. In addition, there is no direct adverse economic impact for small businesses and microbusinesses; therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis, specified in Texas Government Code, §2006.002, is required.
PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT:
The student benefit of the adopted amendment is the positive impact the program will have in increasing the potential for student performance through instruction provided by high-quality teachers. The public would realize a benefit of having increasingly better prepared classroom teachers to teach students.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS:
The adopted amendment will have no new procedural and reporting implications.
LOCALLY MAINTAINED PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS:
The adopted amendment will have no new locally maintained paperwork requirements.
The public comment period on the proposal began March 26, 2010, and ended April 26, 2010. No public comments were received.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES:
Staff Members Responsible:
Jerel Booker, Associate Commissioner, Educator and Student Policy Initiatives
Julie Harris-Lawrence, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Educator Performance and Student Affairs
Carla Valadez, Director, Educator Initiatives and Performance
Glendelia M. Zavala, Program Supervisor, Educator Initiatives and Performance
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