Wash. Governor wants to toughen teacher evaluations

Dec 13, 2011
Originally published on December 13, 2011 2:54 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire wants to put teeth into a statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals. In Olympia Tuesday, Gregoire said she'll ask the Legislature to approve a new four tier performance rating. It would go from unsatisfactory, to basic, to proficient, and top out at distinguished.

The governor wants the law to require educators in the two lowest tiers improve within a year or be fired.

"We need to address this concern out there that we have bad teachers. For the most part, we have very, very good teachers. In many instances, we have distinguished teachers," Gregoire says. "But we want to make sure the public feels confident that we have got everybody at the proficient level or above. That's what this is intended to do."

The state's largest teachers union says it supports a "vigorous" evaluation system. But in a statement, the Washington Education Association says a bigger problem right now is unstable funding for public schools.

On the Web:

Gov. Gregoire's press release:

http://governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=1817&newsType=1

Washington Education Association statement:

http://www.washingtonea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=326&Itemid=59

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