Wednesday night, the House gave a big win to kids by passing the teacher/principal evaluation bill (SB5895). The bill has already passed the Senate and is on its way to the Governor’s office for signing.
The bill – which was a bipartisan effort – will:
1) Make student growth data a substantial factor in determining evaluation results for teachers and principals.
2) Give evaluation results meaning by including them as a factor in personnel decisions (including placement and layoff).
There will be a three-year transition to the new evaluation system. Teachers, principals, and superintendents will be trained prior to implementation.
We know the importance of having a great teacher in every classroom, and this is good step in the right direction toward ensuring a high-quality education for all of Washington’s students.
Thank you to all of the teachers and principals who have put time and effort into the evaluation pilots. And thank you to the legislators and activists who continue to work hard to ensure a great education for kids. This is significant progress and would not have happened without your support.
CEO, League of Education Voters