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Senate Gives Approval In Teacher Evaluation Bill

Last updated on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

(STATEHOUSE) - The senate has given final approval to a bill to put teeth in teacher evaluations.

Governor Daniels is expected to sign the bill creating a four-step rating system, from "highly effective" to "ineffective."

Senate Education Chairman Dennis Kruse acknowledges teachers and school boards have complained it's unclear just how the ratings will be applied, but notes the law doesn't take effect until next summer.

He says that gives school districts more than a year to prepare, and gives principals time to get training in how to conduct the evaluations.

Two "ineffective" ratings in a row puts a teacher on probation, and first in line to be fired if there are layoffs.

Teachers rated ineffective for three straight years can be fired outright.

Top-performing teachers can collect merit bonuses.

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