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Peer Assistance And Review   

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Note: Education Code 44500-44508, added by AB 1X (Ch. 4, Statutes of 1999, First Extraordinary Session), establishes the Peer Assistance and Review Program for Teachers. The program becomes fully operational on July 1, 2001, at which time it replaces the California Mentor Teacher Program (Education Code 44490-44498). The following policy and regulation reflect the purposes and requirements of this program. In order to implement such a program in the district, the Board and the exclusive representative of certificated employees in the district, if any, must negotiate the development and implementation of the program. If certificated employees are not represented, the district may develop a program consistent with law in order to be eligible to receive funding. Districts also may combine their program with those of other districts.

Pursuant to Education Code 44505, a district may notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction between July 1, 1999, and June 30, 2000, of its intent to implement a program starting July 1, 2000. Between July 1, 2000, and May 31, 2001, the district may notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction that it intends to implement a program starting July 1, 2001. Districts choosing to implement the program July 1, 2000 will receive a higher appropriation for activities necessary to implement the program than those districts that delay implementation until July 1, 2001.

Education Code 44505 provides that the district also may expend funds received under this program to support the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System (Education Code 44279.1-44279.7), the California Pre-Internship Teaching Program (Education Code 44305-44308), a district intern program (Education Code 44325-44328), professional development or other educational activities previously provided under the Mentor Teacher Program pursuant to Education Code 44490-44497, and/or any program that supports the training and development of new teachers.

Pursuant to Education Code 44504, a district that chooses not to participate in the program shall not be eligible for a variety of other state funding appropriations including, but not limited to, the Instructional Time and Staff Development Reform Program and School Development Plans. These districts will be expected, starting February 1, 2002, to annually report, at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, their rationale for not participating.

In order to assist teachers who may need additional development in subject matter knowledge and/or teaching strategies, the Governing Board shall work with the local teachers' organization to establish and maintain a program of peer assistance and review linking participating teachers with exemplary teachers serving as consulting teachers. Consulting teachers shall provide sustained, intensive support including, but not limited to, multiple classroom observations, recommendations for staff development and regular meetings with participating teachers.

(cf. 4140/4240 - Bargaining Units)

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish in accordance with law a joint teacher-administrator peer review panel to manage the program.

Board decisions regarding the continued employment of an individual participating teacher shall include consideration of the results of the individual's participation in the peer assistance and review program and the recommendations of the consulting teacher and review panel.

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4117.4 - Dismissal)

Note: The following optional paragraph reflects the Legislature's intent that a district operating a Peer Assistance and Review program coordinate the program with other programs for professional staff development, the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program, and the evaluations of certificated employees required pursuant to Education Code 44664.

The Board shall coordinate policies and procedures related to the district's peer assistance and review program with other district activities for staff development, teacher support and staff evaluation.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4315.1 - Staff Evaluating Teachers)

Legal Reference:


44279.1-44279.7 Beginning teacher support and assessment

44305-44308 Pre-internship teaching program

44325-44328 District intern program

44490-44497 Mentor teacher program

44500-44508 Peer assistance and review program

44662 Evaluation of certificated employees

44664 Evaluation

Management Resources:




California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

California Teachers Association:

California Federation of Teachers: http:/


adopted: Atascadero, California