Teacher Evaluations Kept Secret Under Colorado Bill

DENVER (AP) — Public school teacher evaluations won’t be subject to public review under a bill that has won final approval by the Colorado Legislature.

If approved by the governor, the bill would clarify current practice of keeping subjective teacher reviews confidential. Sponsors say the teacher reviews consist of performance feedback from principals and other school administrators, and that the reviews wouldn’t be as frank if administrators knew their comments could be shared with parents or others.

The secrecy of teacher performance reviews is already current practice. Democrats who sponsored the bill say parents have access to a wide variety of other performance data, including numbers on individual students, their classes and their schools.

The bill passed the Senate 24-11 Thursday and has already passed the House.

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