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House Unanimously Passes Legislation to Establish Statewide Teacher Evaluation System, Says Farry
HARRISBURG –The House voted today in favor of sending House Bill 1980, which would implement a new teacher evaluation system for school districts throughout Pennsylvania, to the Senate for consideration, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), a co-sponsor of the bill.

House Bill 1980 would establish a statewide, comprehensive rating system for teachers, administrators and non-teaching professional employees based on multiple measures of student achievement and traditional classroom observations.

“House Bill 1980 sets clear standards for measuring educators based on how our students are performing in the classroom, so we can make sure our children have the best possible opportunity to succeed,” said Farry.

Under House Bill 1980, student achievement would make up 50 percent of an educator’s overall evaluation score. Student achievement would be calculated using data from statewide assessments, student growth data through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, and elective measures of student achievement chosen at the local level.

The remaining portion of the overall evaluation rating, classified as traditional teacher practices, would include areas such as classroom observations.

The new system would also expand the current rating scale, increasing the number of possible rating categories from two to four. Employees who receive an overall performance rating of “needs improvement” or “failing” would be required to participate in a performance improvement plan designed by school district using employee input. Multiple unsatisfactory reviews may ultimately lead to the dismissal of an employee.

Under the bill, the new evaluation system would go into effect in the 2013-14 school year.

“I believe that if passed, this new evaluation system can have a very positive impact in the classroom. The result will be teachers who are better prepared to educate students, and students who are more likely to achieve,” said Farry.

House Bill 1980 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

State Representative Frank Farry
142nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Abbey Fosnot
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