Oklahoma House of Representatives
Office of Communications & Public Affairs
May 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Elise Hall
Office: (405) 557-7403
Rep. Hall Praises Teacher Evaluation Reform
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Elise Hall today praised the Oklahoma House of Representatives passage of a bill that will eliminate a state mandate regarding the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system and save Oklahoma City metropolitan school districts on the cost of the implementation of the evaluation system.
“It was such a breath of fresh air to see the unanimous approval of my colleagues for this piece of legislation in support of our schools,” said Hall, R-Oklahoma City. “While I support the idea of teacher evaluations, I think they are a low priority when we need to focus on getting our schools the support they need to continue to educate students.”
House Bill 2957 passed out of the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a vote of 80-0 and now heads to the governor’s desk to await her signature. It eliminates the mandate that school evaluate their teachers by quantitative measures, while leaving in place qualitative measurements based on classroom instruction and the learning environment. The measure also creates a professional development component to be used as another qualitative tool in the evaluation process, to be developed by the state education department and to be introduced in the 2018-19 school year.
“I am fighting hard for teachers and for schools at the Oklahoma Legislature,” Hall said. “That effort will be reflected in our final budget and these policy measures we are passing.