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SB 5895 - Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations - Key Vote

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Kevin Van De Wege voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (82-16) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes evaluation criteria for all classroom teachers, principals, superintendents, and administrators.

Highlights:
  • Requires school districts to use “student growth” data to evaluate the performance of classroom teachers and principals for at least 3 of the following 8 predetermined evaluation criteria (Sec. 1):
    • Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement;
    • Demonstrating effective teaching practices;
    • Recognizing individual student learning needs and developing strategies to address those needs;
    • Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum;
    • Fostering and managing a safe, positive learning environment;
    • Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning;
    • Communicating and collaborating with parents and the school community; and
    • Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning.
  • Defines “student growth” as the change in student achievement between 2 points in time (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the use of input from students and building staff in the process of evaluating teachers (Sec. 1).
  • Establishes 4 performance ratings for classroom teachers and principals (Sec. 1):
    • Level 1, unsatisfactory;
    • Level 2, basic;
    • Level 3, proficient; and
    • Level 4, distinguished.
  • Specifies that a teacher or a principal will not be judged “satisfactory” if he or she is given either of the following ratings (Sec. 1):
    • Level 1; or
    • Level 2 if the teacher is a continuing contract employee with more than 5 years of teaching experience and if the Level 2 rating has been received for 2 consecutive years, or for 2 years within a consecutive 3-year time period.
  • Requires school districts to place teachers who have not been judged “satisfactory” on probation for at least 60 days (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes school districts to refuse to renew the employment contract of a teacher who has received a Level 1 evaluation in his or her third year of employment (Sec. 7).
  • Requires the board of directors in each school district to create a schedule for the implementation of the new evaluation criteria beginning with the 2013-2014 school year for all of the following individuals (Sec. 1):
    • Teachers and principals who have less than 3 years of experience;
    • Teachers who are on probation;
    • Principals not judged as “satisfactory”; and
    • Principals previously employed by a different school district in Washington and who are in their first full year as a principal in the new school district.
  • Requires the new evaluation criteria for teachers and principals to be fully implemented by the 2015-2016 school year (Sec. 1).
  • Requires that all classroom teachers and principals receive a comprehensive evaluation of all 8 criteria as follows (Sec. 1):
    • At least once every 4 years; or
    • At least 1 time per year for:
      • Any teacher or principal with less than 3 years of experience;
      • Principals previously employed by a different school district in Washington and who are in their first full year as a principal in the new school district; and
      • Any teacher or principal who received a comprehensive evaluation of level 1 or 2 in the previous school year.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (46-3) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Sponsors

  • Edward B. 'Ed' Murray (WA - D) (Out Of Office)
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