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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 2:08 PM 

School accountability bill clears Assembly

An amended school accountability bill is headed to the guv’s desk following the Assembly’s concurrence on SB 67.

The Assembly and Senate bills, which unanimously passed the Assembly’s Education Committee, would prohibit DPI from issuing a school accountability report card for the current school year. The delay stems from lawmakers’ dissatisfaction with the Badger Exam, which was to be used to help prepare those reports.

The original bill called for delaying until the 2015-16 school year the requirement that school boards evaluate the effectiveness of teachers and principals. Current law calls for DPI to develop that evaluation system for public schools, including independent charter schools, in the current school year and to prepare the report cards annually.

The amended bill would allow for educator effectiveness evaluations this year but prohibit the use of test scores to form those evaluations. Current law called for the use of the Badger Exam results in establishing those evaluations.


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