HB 16-1121 (Arndt/Merrifield) Exempting National Board Certified Teachers from Annual Performance Evaluation Requirements

Originally Posted: January 29, 2016
Last Updated: February 26, 2016

Summary

The bill allows a local school board to exempt National Board Certified teachers from annual evaluation for a period of up to three years.

Position

The Children’s Campaign opposes this bill because it sends the misguided message that annual evaluation and the feedback and professional development that come from it are not valuable for every teacher. The proposal also represents a foundational shift away from Colorado’s focus on student outcomes. While a rigorous and time-consuming process, National Board Certification is observation-based, meaning teachers would potentially have no accountability around student growth for three years. Leslie Colwell, our Vice President of K-12 Education Initiatives, testified in opposition of this bill in the House Education Committee this week. Read her testimony.

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Current Status

This bill died in the House Education Committee on a bipartisan 8-3 vote.

Previous Statuses


February 19, 2016

Scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Monday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0112.

January 29, 2016

The bill will be heard by the House Education Committee on Monday, Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0112.