Teacher Evaluation Bill Is 'Shelved'
The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he is shelving his education bill for the session after continued resistance to the idea of tying teacher evaluations to test score improvement. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Tuesday that he was frustrated by the pushback from some education groups. Marsh said lagging state test scores show the need for changes in education. Marsh had proposed to make measures of student achievement growth during the school year account for up to 25% of a teacher's yearly evaluation. Some education groups had opposed the bill, saying that test scores couldn't account for all factors in a child's life. The bill would have also extended the time to obtain tenure from three to five years.