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Senate Oks bill to close teacher evaluation data

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to close public access to teacher evaluation data has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville was unanimously approved 27-0 on Thursday. The companion bill is scheduled for a vote on the House floor next week.

Sponsors say access to the data should be limited to school officials and not available to the general public.

Under recent changes to state law, half of teachers' assessments must derive from testing data, while the rest comes from classroom observations. The new system has been heavily criticized by educators.

Tennessee Education Association lobbyist Jerry Winters has said he favors the privacy legislation because of the lack of confidence many educators have in the evaluation system.

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