KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Kennewick School District will be trying out a new way to evaluate teachers and principals next year. KSD was selected as one of eight districts in Washington state to participate in a pilot program.
Last session, the legislature passed a bill calling for changes to how teachers are graded by principals and how principals are evaluated by the administration.
Kennewick Superintendent, Dave Bond says this new system will help teachers. "We have felt, I think for some time, that our teacher evaluation system doesn't provide teachers with the level and type of feedback they need to help them grow and become better teachers. It was like a 'you're meeting standards, you're not meeting standards' type of thing." Said Bond.
Bond says with this pilot program, there will be a four tier system instead of just two. Student performance will also be incorporated. The legislature wants new evaluation standards in schools by the 2013-2014 school year.