April 6, 2011
Contact: Aaron Hunter 202-225-2040
Rep. Susan Davis Introduces Teacher and Principal Evaluation Legislation
Washington – Just about everyone has a teacher from their past who inspired them. Teachers play a significant role in a student’s development and as our nation builders, which is why it is so important to give teachers the opportunities to grow as educators.
However, many school districts lack a method for giving teachers and principals the developmental feedback to help them reach their ultimate professional potential. Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) today introduced legislation to give teachers the feedback and the support they deserve.
“How can we expect educators to live up to their full potential and to consistently improve throughout their careers when they aren’t given constructive feedback?” said Davis, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “This legislation is about creating better schools and supporting students by providing consistent feedback and professional development to teachers and school leaders.”
Under The Securing Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership, Learning, And Results Act of 2011 (STELLAR Act), school districts, working with teachers and principals, would have several years to design and implement evaluation programs that will work for their schools. The assessment systems would incorporate student academic growth in addition to other key measures, such as classroom observation for teachers and graduation rates for principals. States would have the flexibility and freedom to design evaluations that make the most sense for their needs beyond the basic requirements.
Davis introduced the legislation with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).
“Our nation’s economic future rests on the quality of education offered to all of our children,” said Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO). “By linking student outcomes to teachers’ and principals’ evaluations, we help to ensure that our schools and classrooms are led by effective and inspiring educators who can help our children reach their fullest potential. This legislation is essential for students and fair to the teachers and principals who educate them.”
In the Senate, Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT) introduced companion legislation establishing a teacher and principal evaluation procedure.