3319.58 Retesting teachers in low performance schools.

(A) As used in this section, "core subject area" has the same meaning as in section 3319.074 of the Revised Code.

(B) Each year, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, the board of education of each city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational school district shall require each classroom teacher who is currently teaching in a core subject area and has received a rating of ineffective on the evaluations conducted under section 3319.111 of the Revised Code for two of the three most recent school years to register for and take all written examinations of content knowledge selected by the department of education as appropriate to determine expertise to teach that core subject area and the grade level to which the teacher is assigned.

(C) Each year, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, the governing authority of each community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code except a community school to which section 3314.017 of the Revised Code applies and governing body of each STEM school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code with a building ranked in the lowest ten per cent of all public school buildings according to performance index score, under section 3302.21 of the Revised Code, shall require each classroom teacher currently teaching in a core subject area in such a building to register for and take all written examinations of content knowledge selected by the department as appropriate to determine expertise to teach that core subject area and the grade level to which the teacher is assigned.

(D) If a teacher who takes an examination under division (B) of this section passes that examination and provides proof of that passage to the teacher's employer, the employer shall require the teacher, at the teacher's expense, to complete professional development that is targeted to the deficiencies identified in the teacher's evaluations conducted under section 3319.111 of the Revised Code. The receipt by the teacher of a rating of ineffective on the teacher's next evaluation after completion of the professional development, or the failure of the teacher to complete the professional development, shall be grounds for termination of the teacher under section 3319.16 of the Revised Code.

(E) If a teacher who takes an examination under this section passes that examination and provides proof of that passage to the teacher's employer, the teacher shall not be required to take the examination again for three years, regardless of the teacher's evaluation ratings or the performance index score ranking of the building in which the teacher teaches. No teacher shall be responsible for the cost of taking an examination under this section.

(F) Each district board of education, each community school governing authority, and each STEM school governing body may use the results of a teacher's examinations required under division (B) or (C) of this section in developing and revising professional development plans and in deciding whether or not to continue employing the teacher in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or Chapter 3314. or 3326. of the Revised Code. However, no decision to terminate or not to renew a teacher's employment contract shall be made solely on the basis of the results of a teacher's examination under this section until and unless the teacher has not attained a passing score on the same required examination for at least three consecutive administrations of that examination.

Cite as R.C. § 3319.58

History. Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01 (Vetoed), eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.184, HB 555, §1, eff. 3/22/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.128, SB 316, §101.01, eff. 9/24/2012.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.