Comparing and contrasting the teacher evaluation bills

This article appeared in The Seattle Times on Sunday, Feb 5th

Washington state already has a law, approved two years ago, to reshape the way public-school teachers are evaluated.

Now it’s looking at several proposals that would reshape the reshaping — one pushed by the business community, another backed by the state teachers union, one from Gov. Chris Gregoire and yet another from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn.

So how do all of these differ from yet another system — one recently put in place by the state’s largest school district, Seattle Public Schools?

There are only a few differences, it turns out, but they concern major issues, especially pertaining to how the evaluations can be used in hiring decisions — a flash point because some think the evaluations are too subjective for that.

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