Governor Signs New Grading System For Teachers And Principals

Mar 8, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Teachers and Principals in Washington are going to get graded on a new four-tier evaluation system. That’s under a new law signed by Governor Chris Gregoire Thursday. It’ll judge teachers as unsatisfactory, basic, proficient or distinguished. The new rankings will replace the current pass/fail format. The change is estimated to cost $5.3 million , but Gregoire says it’s necessary.

Chris Gregoire: “In short, they will receive the guidance they need to grow and to improve for our students. And for a small number - lets be honest about it – they will learn that this is not their chosen profession”

Critics of the new teacher evaluation system in Washington are skeptical that it’ll lead to significant change. They say the key to success for the new system is in how school districts implement it. The new evaluation will take effect in 2015.

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