TSTA testifies against teacher appraisal bill

The House Public Education Committee on Friday heard Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Shapiro, which would make changes in the teacher appraisal process, including a requirement that between 30 percent and 50 percent of the criteria used in determining teacher effectiveness be based on student achievement, as measured on student test scores.

TSTA Public Affairs Director Richard Kouri testified against the bill, and the measure was left pending without committee action.

The bill, which has been approved by the Senate, calls for the  new teacher appraisal process to be implemented by 2016. 

SB4 also: 

  • Adds a provisional license for teachers in years one through three. 
  • Strengthens certification requirements for EC-4 teachers. 
  • Provides that a standard license would be granted only after year three and evidence of teacher effectiveness. 
  • Requires all teachers to be appraised at least twice a year.
  • Provides that teachers would receive an individualized professional development (IPD) plan and must be afforded an opportunity to achieve the goals of the IPD.
  • Requires the state education commissioner to review and make rules regarding the minimum qualifications of teacher appraisers.
  • Requires the commissioner to establish mid-management teacher leadership programs.