Legislation (SB 229) that Would Lower the Academic Growth Factor on Teacher Evaluations
After being passed by the Ohio Senate in a unanimous vote (33-0), Senate Bill (SB) 229 received its first hearing (sponsor testimony) in the Ohio House Education Committee, on February 12, 2014. The OEA strongly supports SB 229 as part of ongoing efforts to make progress on addressing various concerns with Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro provided proponent testimony before the Senate Education Committee on November 19, 2013, which was well received by the Committee.
SB 229 would help make Ohio’s new system for evaluating teachers more effective, fair and efficient by reducing the academic growth factor on evaluations to 35% from the current 50%. Further, the bill would provide school districts with more flexibility regarding the frequency of evaluations for highly rated teachers (“Accomplished” and “Skilled”). In addition to chief sponsor Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), the bill has 27 bi-partisan co-sponsors, including the entire Senate Education Committee. ...