ERIC Number: ED421770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Teacher Evaluation and Dismissal: Recommendations for 1998. Report to the Colorado General Assembly. Research Publication No. 429.
Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
The Interim Committee on Teacher Evaluation and Dismissal was established by (Colorado) Senate Joint Resolution 97-14 to study the state's teacher evaluation and dismissal laws and explore alternatives. The committee was directed to study the relationship between education reform and employment protections for teachers; the effectiveness of adding "unsatisfactory performance" to grounds for teacher dismissal; the effectiveness of the teacher evaluation system; the balance between safeguards for teachers and flexibility to address performance deficiencies; and dismissal alternatives, including the feasibility of employing teachers through at-will contracts. The resolution also required appointment of a broadly representative task force. In brainstorming sessions, the group developed nearly 1,000 options, or legislative alternatives, and identified standards to measure them. Any option meeting all the standards was incorporated into Bill A, concerning certified personnel evaluations, or Bill B, concerning teacher dismissal. No consensus was reached on options related to contract law. Bill A focuses on evaluator preparation and the district-level evaluation system. Bill B makes significant changes in dismissal grounds and the dismissal process. This bill requires dismissals based on immorality, incompetency, neglect of duty, unsatisfactory performance, or insubordination. Included are an executive summary, a summary of recommendations, and legislative texts. (MLH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado