Department of Education

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins, D-Midway, is once again trying to reform how Kentucky’s teachers are evaluated.

The latest incarnation of Rollins’ idea is House Bill 40, which the committee passed Tuesday morning. The legislation would create a statewide teacher evaluation system run by the state Department of Education starting in the 2013 school year.

Currently, each school district has its own evaluation system for teachers, who have pushed back against the bill. But Rollins says his intent isn’t to hurt teachers.

“And the purpose of this is to create a system that promotes continuous professional growth of our teachers, so that they can become better,” Rollins said. “We want to identify those things that will make our teachers better. This is not punitive, this is to make everyone know and have a better idea of what they need to do to improve their teaching skills.”

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