Education reform plans moving forward

Rick Wagner • Feb 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

KINGSPORT — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam doesn’t want to “back up” education reform, instead pressing forward to raise expectations in K-12 and beyond.

But asked about the controversy over value-added test scores in public schools being used to remove a teaching license, Haslam emphasized that was separate from the TVAAS program in general.

“I would push back really hard on that,” Haslam said during a Feb. 4 editorial board meeting at the Kingsport Times-News, calling TVAAS the “gold standard” in evaluating teacher and student performance.

“Right now when we’ve made so much progress in education, I just think it would be really wrong to back up,” Haslam said. “I think we need to be very careful before we change our path.”

However, in considering the constituencies of students, teachers, administrations, parents and the state’s employers — who need a career-ready work force — he also said the licensure debates are part of “valid discussion” and emphasized licensure and evaluation uses of TVAAS are separate questions.

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