Kentucky Governor Signs into Law New Teacher Effectiveness System

Apr 16, 2013

Education advocates join Governor Steve Beshear for a ceremonial bill signing that clears the way for Kentucky to implement a new teacher evaluation system.
Credit Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Governor Beshear has put his signature on a bill that clears the way for a new statewide teacher evaluation system. 

In a private ceremony in his office on Monday, the governor signed into law House Bill 180.  The legislation is intended to move educators from simply being qualified to being highly effective.

“Current evaluation systems in Kentucky do not provide our educators the information they need to support their professional growth and effectiveness and in turn, to support increases in student achievement,” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said.

The new evaluation system calls for multiple measures of effectiveness.  The system, which is being field-tested in 54 school districts this school year, will be piloted statewide in the 2013-14 school year.