Senate approves teacher evaluation bill 46-3

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SEATTLE (AP) — The state Senate has voted 46-3 to approve changes in the way teachers and principals are evaluated in Washington.

If approved by the House and signed by the governor, the measure would include improvement in student learning as a factor in teacher evaluations. And teacher input would be considered in principal evaluations.

It builds on the four-level rating system established two years ago by the Legislature. But this time, the state will offer evaluation templates for school district to choose from instead of having local teachers and administrators design the system.

The bill proposes that starting in the 2015-16 school year, those evaluation results would be used as a factor in human resource decisions.

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The bill is Substitute Senate Bill 5895.