Radio Show Covers Common Core Bills in General Assembly

Maryland Morning with Sheila Kast reviews education bills affecting common core implementation in Maryland from this past legislative session. Kast speaks with John White of the Maryland State Department of Education, Sean Johnson of the Maryland State Education Association, and the Maryland Reporter’s Glynis Kazanjian about several bills that would have changed implementation of the common core standards and the use of common core student test scores in teacher evaluations.

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The General Assembly considered several bills to change implementation of the Common Core State Standards—or as Maryland refers to it—the ‘Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.’ Only three bills passed.

HB 1167 is one of the bills that the General Assembly passed this year.  HB 1167 Teachers and Principals – Performance Evaluation Criteria – Use of Student Growth Data prohibits use of student test scores for teacher evaluations and personnel decisions before the 2016-2017 school year. According to the Department of Legislative Services, as revised, the prohibition does not apply to a local school system and an exclusive employee representative that mutually agree to use student growth data based on the State assessments to make personnel decisions in accordance with an agreement executed on or after January 1, 2014, and before March 1, 2014.

For more information, listen to the complete segment of Maryland Morning.