Panel launches teacher evaluation review

Article By: Will Sentell | September 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Tackling a volatile topic, a state panel Thursday began considering ways to revamp the way Louisiana evaluates its public school teachers.

State Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican and sponsor of the 2010 law that overhauled the annual reviews, noted that he vowed four years ago to try to change the process again if problems surfaced.

“I’m not wanting to do away with it,” Hoffmann said. “I want to get it right.”

Hoffmann made his comments to the Accountability Commission, an influential, 17-member panel that includes teachers and other educators, school group leaders and parents.

The group, which advises the state’s top school board, is required by a law passed earlier this year to review the state’s teacher evaluation law and to make recommendations to the Legislature, possibly in November.

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