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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 25, 2019 12:34 PM
From: Representative Stephen McCarter
To: All House members
Subject: Teacher Evaluation System

This legislation is part of a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools, traditional and charter schools, and their students equally under law.

The legislation would require charter school entities to be included in the current rating system used for all other public school employees beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

This would protect students and taxpayers by ensuring that charter and cyber charter school teachers, principals and certified support staff are evaluated under the same system of evaluation as other public school teachers.

The new system of teacher evaluation, which was enacted into law in 2011, mandates the use of a more structured and elaborate observation system and calls for it to be used for half, instead of all, of the rating. The remainder of the rating is based on various student performance factors, including student scores on state tests.

This pro-student, pro-taxpayer legislation would ensure that all public school students are receiving instruction from a high-quality teacher.

Introduced as HB1333