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Recently, a new education reform Bill was introduced by the Wisconsin education legislative chairs, Representative Kestell and Senator Olsen and is based on the work of the Read to Lead, Educator Effectiveness, and Accountability Task force work which took place during 2011.

The major elements of the bill include:

  • Establishing a Read to Lead Development Council
  • Identifying struggling reading and ensuring teachers are prepared to serve those students
  • Creating a fair evaluation system for teachers and principals
  • Aligning legislation with elements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Waiver

Governor Walker and Superintendent Evers released announcements on the progress made with the proposed legislation.

Over the last year Great Lakes West supported DPI in all three task forces by facilitating the task force meetings and bringing experts to the table. Great Lakes West congratulates Wisconsin on creating a collaborative process which led to high quality recommendations, and will continue to work with Wisconsin DPI as it transforms education in the state.

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality had recently release the Policy-to-Practice Brief Alternative Measures of Teacher Performance. This new brief introduces five current examples of measures of teacher performance. Recent national policy initiatives have led to many states and districts re-thinking their teacher evaluation systems. Alternative Measures of Teacher Performance was created to assist regional comprehensive centers and state education agencies in building local capacity to incorporate the use of alternative measures of teacher performance into the overhaul of state evaluation systems—especially in states with looming legislative deadlines. How could alternative measures of teacher performance inform policy decisions in your state or district?