From the sidebar, The Commercial Appeal reports that the bill "would allow teachers in subjects not covered by state tests...to use their principal's observation of their classrooms for a larger portion of their evaluation."
Right now these teachers, including everyone who teachers kindergarten through third grade, take an average of their school's test scores for the 35 percent of their review that state law says must be tied to student achievement. There are no standardized tests to measure their students' performance.
The outcry has been loud and sustained because teachers say they are being ranked on data from students they may have never taught.
The Department of Education is drafting the bill.
And in particular:
In most schools, 70 percent of teachers do not teach in tested subjects and as a result, do not have test data. In suburban Shelby County Schools, for instance, 2,397 teachers out of roughly 3,400 do not teach tested subjects.
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