By Bobby Horn Jr.
If state legislators have their way, the formula by which teachers get paid will move from base salary-plus experience to a formula based on how well their students perform on standardized tests.
On April 7, the Texas Senate passed SB 893 by a 27-4 vote. Among those voting for the bill were Atlanta’s State Senator Kevin Eltife, a Republican.
The Senate bill requires Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams to create a teacher development framework (TDF) that must include the “teacher’s implementation of discipline management procedures; academic performance of students; teaching standards that show expected teacher knowledge, understanding, skill and practice to ensure student educational growth in academics; classroom observations; and data related to the teacher’s efforts to improve professional performance.”