Changes could be coming to the process teachers navigate to renew their work licenses in Tennessee, including easier routes for those who perform well on annual evaluations.
But one component it won't include? Making student test scores a reason to stop a teacher from advancing in the profession.
The Tennessee General Assembly this spring swiftly passed legislation, pushed by the state's largest teachers union, to reverse a controversial policy of Gov. Bill Haslam's administration — set for implementation in 2015 — that would allow have allowed student growth on tests to be used to revoke or not renew a teacher's licenses.
It marked a clear repudiation of one of Haslam's most contested new education reforms, and an item the governor signed into law.
Two months later, the Tennessee State Board of Education on Monday is set to follow through on that directive. In the process, board members also will consider a revamped policy on first reading to enable teachers who consistently score highly on annual state-mandated teacher evaluations to bypass teacher training requirements to advance or to renew licenses.
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