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May 20, 2010 7:02 PM by Letitia Walker

New Rules For Teachers?

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal

to grade public school teachers partially based on student test

scores is headed to debate by the full Senate.

      But the Senate Education Committee only approved the measure

(House Bill 1033) Thursday after adding the requirement that

charter school teachers and administrators be subjected to the same

type of evaluations as public school teachers and administrators.

      The bill by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, would rewrite

the evaluation process to tie at least half of a teacher's review

to student performance data - looking at how much improvement

students make on standardized tests. Teachers with poor reviews

would get intensive assistance. If they don't improve, they would

be dismissed.

      Up to 27 school systems would use the new teacher evaluation

method next year. After two years of the so-called "value-added

assessment" system, a legislative panel would determine whether to

expand the system to all school districts starting in the 2012-13

school year.

      Supporters said the evaluations would reward good teachers and

improve school performance.

      "We want to be sure that teachers understand this is not a

witchhunt. We are not out to destroy them," said Sen. Gerald Long,

R-Winnfield.

      Teacher unions oppose the measure, arguing it is an unfair and

untested system of judgment.

      Opponents say standardized tests can't adequately measure the

success of a teacher. They also say the review wouldn't give enough

consideration to problems with parents who don't stress the

importance of education and with children who don't show

initiative.

      The House approved the bill in a 68-26 vote. The Senate

Education Committee moved it to the Senate floor with a 6-1 vote.

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