The Tennessee State Board of Education cut ties Monday with a highly controversial policy that would have allowed poor student growth on tests to be a reason to pull teachers' professional licenses.
In its place, commissioners advanced an alternative plan on first reading that would instead provide easier paths for Tennessee's highest graded teachers.
That proposal, set for a final vote in July after clearing the state board unanimously Monday, would let teachers who earn a high score of "5" on annual state-mandated teacher evaluations over consecutive years earn up to 20 of the required 60 professional development credits needed to renew professional licenses.
Fifteen development credits would be on the table for teachers who earn a "4," and 10 credits for those who net a "3." Teachers could also get credit for attending professional development seminars, taking college-level coursework and earning National Board Certification.
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