Governor’s administration files teacher evaluation bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A measure that adjusts the way Tennessee’s teachers are evaluated is one of several bills filed by the governor’s administration.

The proposals were filed on Thursday.

The one relating to teachers adjusts the weighting of student growth data in a teacher’s evaluation.

Currently, 35 percent of an educator’s evaluation is composed of student achievement data.

Gov. Bill Haslam wants new state assessments in English and math to count 10 percent of the overall evaluation in the first year of administration of the new tests in 2016, 20 percent the second year and 35 percent in year three.

Another measure filed Thursday encourages people to become volunteer drivers for the elderly by providing drivers with liability protection. Currently, Tennessee law only protects volunteer drivers who are serving through a government agency.