The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has approved a bill that would do away with annual teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers in the state.
The bill calls for evaluations just once every three to four years for teachers rated as effective or highly effective, categories that cover some 95 percent of teachers.
If the bill passes the full House and Senate, new teachers and poorly rated teachers would still receive annual evaluations.
Supporters of the change say the state's annual teacher evaluations are too time consuming for principals and teachers, and are unnecessary for teachers who are doing a good job.
State Education officials have already eased the evaluation process for highly rated teachers, but they say annual evaluations are important for maintaining teacher quality.