AB 1219 – Requires Commission On Teacher Credentialing To Administer A State Assignment Accountability System To Provide School Districts With Data For Monitoring Certificated Employee Assignments

Category: Public Education
Date: Nov 19, 2019 03:03 PM

Current law requires a county superintendent of schools to monitor school district certificated employee assignment practices. Existing law requires a county superintendent of schools to submit an annual report to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the State Department of Education summarizing the results of all assignment monitoring. Under existing law, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing is required to submit biennial reports to the Legislature concerning teacher assignments and misassignments. A “misassignment” means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee the statute does not otherwise authorize the teacher to hold. This bill repeals teacher assignment monitoring provisions.

Under this bill, the County Office of Education remains a monitoring authority. Additionally, this bill requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to administer a State Assignment Accountability System to provide school districts with a data system for assignment monitoring.  The Commission shall use the data provided by to produce an annual initial data file of vacant positions and certificated employee assignments that do not have a clear match of credential to assignment. The Commission shall notify schools and monitoring authorities of the opportunity to access the system and review the initial data file of potential misassignments and vacant positions. Schools can review the file and submit any additional documentation to show employees are legally authorized for an assignment or that a position is not vacant.  The Commission will then make a final determination regarding misassignments.

If the District assigned an employee to an illegal assignment, the employee should exhaust local remedies and if necessary notify the county superintendent or charting authority. This bill prohibits a school from taking adverse action against a certificated employee who provides that notice. 

According to this bill, if a district evaluates a teacher while misassigned the teacher is misassigned, the evaluation is null and void. 

The bill requires, beginning with the 2020–21 school year, the Commission to make annual misassignment and vacant position data publicly available on its website.

(AB 1219 amends Sections 44230.5, 44253.10, 44253.11, 44258.3, of the Education Code. It also repeals Section 44258.9 of the Education Code and adds Sections 44258.9 and 44258.10 of the Education Code.)

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