(SACRAMENTO) – Today the Assembly approved legislation modernizing the nearly 45 year old teacher evaluation law by making it more responsive to the needs of today’s students. AB 575, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), requires school districts, county offices of education to implement a best practices teacher and administrator assessment system to improve teaching standards across the state.
The state’s current teacher evaluation system, governed by the 1971 Stull Act, has been criticized as antiquated and ineffective in today’s classroom. AB 575 aims to modernize this process and focuses not only on teacher effectiveness, but also on student performance.
“Research consistently shows a direct correlation between teacher quality and student achievement,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee. “California needs a robust teacher evaluation system that provides continuous support for educators and focuses on student progress."
Evaluations under AB 575 would require evidence of student and teacher advancement, multiple classroom observations, professional development, and the institution of a peer assistance and review program for underperforming teachers. By explicitly requiring a portion of the evaluation to be dedicated to student assessments, the bill goes beyond the existing Stull Act requirements.
This bill now moves on to the State Senate.