Sides Are Drawn on Amendment 3 Teacher Evaluation Bill

Carol Daniel

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Tuesday’s votes haven’t even been certified and both sides are already speaking out about a November ballot measure in Missouri that promises to be controversial.

Backers say Amendment 3 is designed to give local control to school boards and hold teachers accountable through standarized tests.

“Our students are unique individuals, and what standardized tests will do is uphold one-size-fits-all approach,” says Mike Sherman with Protect Our Local Schools.

Kate Casas, spokeswoman for Teach Great, says the tests would be locally created and locally approved.

“We’re talking about what’s called quantifiable student performance data, which could be the current MAP test, it could also be a teacher-made assessment,” she says.

She also believes the measure would protect teachers from arbitrary layoffs because it ties personnel actions to student performance.

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