House unanimously approves Rep. McCaslin’s bill to reduce frequency of comprehensive teacher and principal evaluation

In a 96-0 vote Monday, the House approved Rep. Bob McCaslin's bill to reduce the frequency in which some certified teachers and principals receive an eight-point comprehensive evaluation. Instead of every four years, House Bill 1319 would allow teachers and principals who have already met a performance rating of at least three out of four, to receive a comprehensive evaluation every six years instead.

McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, who has been a public school teacher for more than 30 years, says his bill is about reducing unnecessary burdens on effective teachers and principals.

“This is a common-sense bill that would allow our highly rated teachers to focus more on their classrooms and the day-to-day work involved with helping students succeed,” said McCaslin. “Additionally, the bill would allow principals to let the school's most effective teachers thrive while devoting more of their attention to those who need the most assistance.”

House Bill 1319, which has 26 cosponsors, now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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