Senator Seeks to Limit Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Apr 24, 2013

A bill scheduled for debate Wednesday on Smith Hill would make student test scores no more than one third of a teacher’s annual evaluation. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Michael McCaffrey, a democrat from Warwick. The measure is slated for a hearing this afternoon in the Senate Education Committee.

New teacher evaluations, fully in effect for the first time this year in Rhode Island, include student test scores. They also take classroom observations into account, along with professional goals set by teachers themselves. Under the new system, it is unclear exactly how much weight test scores carry in a teacher’s final rating.

The Senate Education Committee will also consider a separate bill that would require schools to notify parents if their children score poorly on standardized testing.