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Proposed Bills Could Use State Test Scores For Teacher Evaluations

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Lawmakers, teachers and the State Public Schools Chief are getting ready to decide whether or not student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals. Lawmakers, teachers and the State Public Schools Chief are getting ready to decide whether or not student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.
NBC Right Now-- Lawmakers, teachers and the State Public Schools Chief are getting ready to decide whether or not student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals. State Senator Steve Litzow introduced two bills this week that would require results from state student assessments be calculated into teacher performance reviews, starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Last year, Washington State lost its waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act after lawmakers refused to answer a federal government demand that they pass a law similar to Senator Litzow's proposal.

The state and 297 public school districts could not spend about $40 million in federal money the way they wanted, and almost 2,000 schools across the state were deemed failing by the U.S. Department of Education.

More than 40 other states have been granted the federal waivers that allow them to try new ways to measure student progress. 

Hearings on the two bills Senator Litzow are recommending is expected next week.
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