A subcommittee of the House Education Committee met to continue their review of rules from the State Department of Education. At their Friday morning meeting, they voted to approve the rule on teacher and administration evaluation they had postponed addressing earlier in the week.
Before making a motion to approve the rule, Rep. Reed DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) told committee members that he believes that as currently written, the rule could minimize the involvement of parents as parent input is not required. And, he told the panel that he would like to see a much more substantial portion of an individual teacher’s or administrator’s evaluation results be based on student achievement/growth. The rule currently states that 33% of the evaluation will be based on multiple measures, including student achievement/growth.
Rep. DeMordaunt also urged his legislative colleagues to help craft and introduce a piece of legislation this session to rectify both of those issues.
It is important to note that in order for Idaho to be compliant with the federal ESEA waiver application, this rule needs to move forward this session. Today’s action by the subcommittee makes it clear that lawmakers understand that urgency, but there is interest in making changes to the rule.