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LA bill would rate teachers based on test scores

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A bill that would rate teachers by student test scores has been sent to the Louisiana House for debate.

House Bill 1033 authored by Rep. Frank Hoffman would require evaluations of teachers be done annually starting the 2012-13 school year.

The bill is proposing that 50% of the evaluation be based on the growth and achievement of the students throughout the year.

"Different students will grow in different amounts," said Jean Johnson, President of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers.

Johnson feels standardized tests are not the way to evaluate teachers.

"We don't think this is the right instrument to use," said Johnson. "There are several things they don't take in consideration like the teachers who are not the core teachers."

The Calcasieu Federation of Teachers fears this new bill will be much like the TAP program - an evaluation program that was in place in Calcasieu Parish for three years.

Rick Kuykendall is a former teacher in Calcasieu Parish who was evaluated under the TAP program.

Kuykendall feels this new bill will only add stress to the teachers, and do less for the students.

"There are already evaluation processes in place," said Kuykendall. "I think this is something that is unnecessary and it's going to put more pressure on the teachers. Once again teachers are being guinea pigs for untested programs."

For more information on the developments of the bill click on "House Bill 1033" to the right.

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