Proposed Teacher Licensing Changes Draw Fire

Aug 15, 2013

Credit Christine Jessel

The Tennessee Board of Education is scheduled to vote Friday on a proposal that would tie teacher licenses to teacher evaluations, but the proposal’s drawing fire from the Tennessee Education Association.

Under the new policy, teachers would need to get higher scores on licensure tests - and a portion of that process would also be based on TVAAS scores, or measures of student academic growth as shown on state tests.

The Tennessee Education Association says the proposal could mean a qualified teacher could lose his or her license based on a student’s performance in a single day. But the Tennessee Board of Education says the changes will streamline current policy and better connect to classroom effectiveness.

The vote was originally scheduled for July’s Board of Education meeting but was delayed for further study; it’s back on the agenda for August 16, 2013.