Teachers Could Be Fired For Low Test Scores

10/21/11 – Wisconsin public school teachers could be fired or disciplined if their students don’t score high enough on standardized tests. That’s the premise of a bill passed by state Senate Republicans Thursday. The measure passed on a 17-16 party line vote, with all Democrats voting no. Under the current law, test scores can be used in evaluating teachers – but not for discipline or dismissals. Senate Democrat Lena Taylor of Milwaukee says the bill puts teachers in an unfair position. Other Democrats asked the majority to delay action until a task force headed by Governor Scott Walker and state Superintendent Tony Evers recommends new ways to evaluate student learning. Democrats and former Governor Jim Doyle passed the current law in 2009 to try and get federal funding for schools under President Obama’s “Race to the Top” program. The state was turned down for funding, and critics said it was because Democrats refused to link student test scores to teacher discipline.