Gov. Haslam to seek flexibility with TNReady teacher evaluations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Gov. Bill Haslam will seek “additional flexibility” for teachers following the technology failure that caused TNReady assessment delays.

His proposal would allow teachers to choose whether that would like to include or exclude student results from the 2015-2016 TNReady assessment in their evaluation scores.

School systems had spent months preparing students for the tests, only to be disappointed when the online site crashed in early February.

Officials later announced that due to the failure, tests would be administered by paper and pencil for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.

Just last week, the Williamson County School Board voted on a resolution urging the state to exclude this year’s test data from crucial teacher evaluations and school accountability.

Haslam’s proposal would keep student learning and accountability as factors in an educator’s evaluation while giving teachers the option to include this year’s results if the results benefit them. The governor will work with the General Assembly on specific language and a plan to move the proposal through the legislative process.

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