Washington Governor Persuaded to Count Tests in Teacher Evaluations

February 26, 2014

A meeting with America’s top education official has apparently convinced Gov. Jay Inslee that Washington state must act to require public-school teacher evaluations take into account student scores on statewide tests.

Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith said the governor met Tuesday afternoon with lawmakers from both parties to hammer out a compromise that would make the change in order to allow the state to keep its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law — and keep control over some $40 million that comes with the waiver.

The compromise will likely delay the move until the 2017-2018 school year and include a provision that voids the change if the state does not actually get to keep the waiver, Smith said.

Inslee, a Democrat, and Randy Dorn, the state superintendent of public instruction, were drafting a bill to be introduced this week, Smith said.

It is expected to win over enough Democrats to join with Republicans for the bill to pass.

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