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Ybarra looking into use of evaluations in teacher pay, after questions about evaluation data

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is putting together a team to review whether to tie Idaho’s current teacher evaluation system to teacher pay, Idaho EdNews reports, after the news outlet analyzed Idaho teacher evaluations statewide and found more than a quarter of the state school districts were issuing identical evaluation scores of “proficient” to all staff. “Perhaps it is time for Idaho to invest in a different tool that can be deployed statewide and can get to that accountability,” said Tim Corder, Ybarra’s top aide. Corder said the team will review the evaluations in conjunction with the new career ladder law, the Legislature’s five-year plan to put an additional $125.5 million into teacher pay, but tie pay raises to accountability measures.

Lisa Colon, the state Department of Education’s teacher certification/Professional Standards Commission director, has been appointed to head up the committee to review the matter, reports Clark Corbin of Idaho EdNews. The committee has not been named, but state officials are requesting representatives from the Idaho Education Association and all major education groups participate in the review. You can read Corbin’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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