Compromise reached on Wash. teacher evaluation

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SEATTLE (AP) -- State lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to change the way teachers are evaluated in Washington.

Rep. Bruce Dammeier says that after nine hours of negotiations in the governor's office, lawmakers are ready to move a compromise bill through the Legislature.

The measure would require school districts to use measures of student learning as a factor in teacher evaluations. Improvement in student test scores would also be used as a factor in hiring and firing decisions. The compromise proposal would give school districts more time to phase in their new evaluation system.

Dammeier, a Republican from Puyallup, is commending the governor for the role she played in bringing together a deal on this issue.