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Gov. Ducey Kills Teacher Performance Evaluation Bill

I wish Governor Duecy could be rated and paid based on the same Teacher Performance Evaluation he thinks is fair.

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The union representing Arizona teachers on Tuesday slammed Gov. Ducey.

The bill Ducey vetoed would have lowered the percentage of a teacher performance evaluation based on standardized test scores and excluded students who weren’t in a teacher’s class the entire year. It also would have barred the use of test scores if the teacher doesn’t teach courses covered by the tests.

Ducey said in a veto letter that the legislation would have diminished the “impact and focus of improving student academic outcomes as a measurement of quality teaching and learning. ”

Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, said his group was “kind of stunned” that Ducey would veto something that had such broad support.

Thomas, a former high school social studies teacher, said he taught seniors, but a big part of his evaluation was based on standardized reading, writing and math tests taken by 10th graders. ”

Republican Sen. Steve Smith said his bill focused more on how teachers actually perform in the classroom.

“What is the measure of success they have demonstrated with their child from Day One to day end,” Smith said. “Not necessarily how did that child do on a particular standardized test, but what was the overall teacher impact on where they move their child on the education continuum. ”

Smith said he’s been working to revise teacher evaluations since 2011 and thought this year’s version made significant improvements.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the governor believes the current evaluation law is working fine and provides flexibility to principals.

“The fact is the principal, the school leader, is the one doing the evaluation and they know best what’s happening in their schools and how to evaluate their teachers,’ he said.

Doug Coleman teaches technical education classes to high school juniors and seniors, yet up to half of his evaluation is based on the standardized AZMerit his students took as sophomores on subjects he doesn’t teach.

“I’m not sure if that bill was the answer,” Coleman said.

Thomas said the veto was a final blow to public school teachers after a year where Ducey provided just a 1 percent teacher raise, approved a massive increase in the state’s private school voucher program and embraced several other initiatives the teacher group opposes. He never addressed the teacher crisis, and this bill would have done that.

He never addressed the teacher crisis, and this bill would have done that.