Mandates 50 percent of Teacher Evaluation Based on Standardized Test Scores
A bill introduced this year would roll back key elements of the state's collective bargaining law and force districts to base 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation on standardized test scores.
AB 430, by Assembly Education Committee Co-chair Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), would eliminate the right of educators to bargain local evaluation systems – undermining the Rhodda Act that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in 1975.
Under AB 430, educators would have the right only to "meet and confer" on evaluation issues – essentially taking the voice of classroom experts out of key decisions. "Meet and confer" allows employers to ignore their working professionals' input.
In contrast to CTA supported evaluation legislation, which called for multiple measures of teacher effectiveness, and at a time the governor and education experts are pointing out the shortcomings of high stakes testing, AB 430 would require that 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation be based on student standardized test scores. Just as parents know that one test does not define student learning, it equally can't define teacher effectiveness.
Like hundreds of bills, AB 430 was introduced just before the deadline for introducing new legislation. CTA's State Council of Education will review the bill at its April meeting.