High Stakes Testing, Teacher Evaluations Remain in the Mix

Jun 20, 2014

The General Assembly is expected to wrap up the session today, with two key education issues still under discussion.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has indicated he may bring a vote on a move to stop the use of standardized testing as a requirement for high school graduation. The measure was considered dead in the water under former House Speaker Gordon Fox, but Mattiello says he is concerned about the impact of the testing requirement on students with special needs. One compromise could involve suspending the testing rule for students with special needs.

Another bill would change teacher evaluations so that teachers rated as effective or highly effective only have to be evaluated every three to four years. The Senate is reportedly looking at a compromise that would reinstate the right of principals to observe teachers at work in their classrooms, among other things.