House Panel on Teacher Quality Named; Test-Based Evaluations Still an Issue

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the Republican from Killeen who chairs the full House Public Education Committee, today named a five-member subcommittee on teacher quality that is likely to consider the role of standardized state achievement tests in teacher evaluation. The subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. Dan Huberty, Republican of Humble, with Democrat Joe Deshotel of Beaumont as vice-chair. The other three members are Harold Dutton, Democrat of Houston, and Republicans Marsha Farney of Georgetown and Gary VanDeaver of Clarksville.

Rep. Aycock said it was still a bit unclear which bills would wind up being referred to the new subcommittee. But a remark he made in passing at today’s meeting of the full committee indicated the possibility of test-based teacher appraisal would come up for discussion.