COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) recently introduced legislation aimed at updating the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).

Senate Bill 240 is the product of months of work from the Ohio Department of Educator Standards Board, representing numerous stakeholder voices including teachers and administrators.

“We should always be trying to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability in our public school system, and this bill gives us an opportunity to do that,” said Senator Lehner.

Provisions in the legislation would make OTES more flexible and effective by updating the current rubric. It would also make revisions to the data used to measure teacher performance, placing specific emphasis on ensuring a teacher’s success is not primarily determined by student test scores.

Additionally, it provides a professional growth process for teachers rated as "accomplished" and "skilled" and improve the timing of teacher observations and evaluations.

"It is important to understand the goals of teacher evaluations," Lehner added. "Ensuring that they provide more substantive, timely feedback will help us better reach those goals."

The bill also calls for eliminating unnecessary components of the evaluation system, establishing a timeline in which the evaluation of teachers will be completed, and developing a professional growth process for teachers with “accomplished” and “skilled” ratings.

If enacted, Lehner hopes the changes will begin in the 2018-2019 school year and then be fully implemented in the 2019-2020 school year.  
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