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2014 House Bill 5223: Reduce “student growth” portion of teacher rating criteria
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O'Brien (R) on January 15, 2014 To delay and change many details in the teacher evaluation criteria specified in a 2011 legislative package overhauling the “teacher tenure” and ratings system, which unless amended goes into effect in the fall of 2015. Among other changes the bill would reduce the amount of a teacher’s performance rating based on empirical student growth data collected by the state from at least 50 percent to 20 percent, with 30 percent based on "locally" selected growth assessments whose details and rigor may vary. Also, the requirement that a teacher who is rated “ineffective” three years in a row must be dismissed would not apply if any changes were made to the rating system during that period. The bill is cosponsored by Republicans Bill Rogers and Lisa Posthumus Lyons, and Democrat Adam Zemke.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 15, 2014
Reported in the House on May 6, 2014 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on May 14, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Margaret O'Brien (R) on May 14, 2014 To eliminate qualifications from an exception to including special education teachers in the state-based test effectiveness rating requirement.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on May 14, 2014 To reduce a requirement for "multiple" classroom observations for a teacher who has not been rated as "effective" to just two observations.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 14, 2014 To revise details of which teachers the effectiveness rating process would apply to.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on May 14, 2014 To require the Department of Education to file reports on the impact of the teacher effectiveness ratings on student performance.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014
Substitute offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 14, 2014 To adopt a version of the bill that eliminates all state-imposed teacher performance rating systems, and instead just requires school districts to post online a description of the evaluation system and process it uses.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014
Passed 95 to 14 in the House on May 14, 2014 To reduce the percentage of a teacher's "effectiveness" evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data (instead of other local and potentially more subjective measures) from 50 percent to 20 percent in "core" subjects, with the remainder based on local measurements of student academic progress, and delay full implementation until the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The original 50 percent of assessments based on state tests requirement was established by a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
Received in the Senate on May 20, 2014
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on May 20, 2014

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