W.Va. teacher evaluation bill includes principals

CHARLESTON (AP) — Teachers and principals will be evaluated based on student growth and school-wide test scores under a deal struck during the final day of the West Virginia legislative session.

Both the House of Delegates and the Senate passed a revised teacher evaluation bill, sending it to the governor Saturday. The state needs to create an annual evaluation system that reflects student achievement in order to be eligible for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

West Virginia announced in February that it would seek a waiver to create its own accountability system aimed at improving student achievement.

How to measure principals’ performance was a key sticking point. Twenty percent of their evaluation must be based on the school’s progress and test scores.

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