Hawaii BOE: Test Scores No Longer Linked to Teacher Evaluations

May 18, 2016

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Student test scores may no longer be linked to a teacher’s job performance.

The Hawaii State Board of Education unanimously approved recommendations that would get rid of standardized testing from the evaluation process. That’s a big deal for educators, who say the evaluations are unfairly tied to teacher pay and impact retention.

Amy Perruso is the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association secretary-treasurer and a social studies teacher at Mililani High.

Since 2013, teacher evaluations have been required to include standardized testing because of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. But with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act last year, states now have more freedom to reduce or eliminate emphasis on standardized testing in teacher evaluations.