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O’Donnell bill aiming to improve teaching quality clears first committee

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Last week, the Assembly Education Committee passed a bill by 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) calling for consistent statewide standards in teacher evaluation. Assembly Bill 575 requires school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to implement a best-practices teacher and administrator evaluation system.

“AB 575 replaces the stale and antiquated teacher evaluations conducted under the Stull Act,” O’Donnell said. “Our teachers and students deserve a modern process that reflects the needs of today’s classroom.”

The bill requires the evaluation of teachers on student progress, evaluators to conduct multiple classroom observations, and the institution of a peer-assistance and review program for underperforming teachers. By explicitly requiring a portion of the evaluation to be dedicated to student assessments, the bill goes beyond the existing Stull Act requirements, according to O’Donnell’s office.

“We need a robust teacher evaluation system that provides continuous support for educators and focuses on student progress, which is why my evaluation system requires student assessments be part of the evaluation,” O’Donnell said.

Source: O’Donnell’s office

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O’Donnell bill aiming to improve teaching quality clears first committee