The governor today proposed ways to change and improve the way teachers and principals are evaluated, according to The Associated Press.
Instead of having a system with just two categories — satisfactory or unsatisfactory — Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a system with four categories: unsatisfactory, basic, proficient and distinguished.
Teachers need to know what they’re doing well and how they need to improve, she said at a news conference, according to the AP story.
A teacher given an unsatisfactory evaluation would be put on probation. If at the end of the school year the teacher has shown no improvement, the teacher would be fired. A teacher given a basic rating two years in a row would also be put on probation and must raise their performance, according to the AP.