Teacher evaluation bill to get House debate
A bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that would rewrite the evaluation process for public school teachers is
headed to debate in the Louisiana House.
The proposal would rate teachers in part on student test scores and make it easier to dismiss them if they fail repeated reviews. The measure sailed out of the House Education Committee without objection Wednesday, over opposition from teacher unions.
The measure would require annual evaluations for all teachers starting in the 2012-13 school year. At least 50 percent of that review would be tied to student performance data and whether students are improving their scores on accountability tests.
Teachers currently get formal evaluations at least once every three years - but those aren't specifically tied to student performance data.