WA teacher evaluation bills comes back to life

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A pair of proposals to change the way Washington state evaluates teachers appears to be back in play in Olympia after being blocked last week by the statehouse education committee chairs.

On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard two new teacher evaluation bills. They are very similar to two proposals that did not make it out of either the Senate or House education committees.

One is supported by the governor, the teachers union, school principals and administrators. It would continue the work started two years ago to revamp teacher evaluations.

The other is supported by education reform and business groups and would require districts to use student test scores as a factor in teacher evaluations. It would also consider evaluations for teacher layoffs.