McCarter to propose bill to hold charter educators to same evaluation standards as others

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will soon introduce legislation to include charter schools in the teacher evaluation system used for all other public school educators.

Pennsylvania adopted a system of educator evaluation in 2011 that requires the combination of a structured observation system and various pieces of student performance data be used to calculate ratings for teachers, principals and other professional staff members. However, charter schools are currently not required to use the system.

“We want effective, high-quality teaching for all of our students, regardless of what type of school they attend. So why wouldn’t we evaluate teachers in the same way at all schools?” McCarter said. “This bill will ensure that we’re using the same system to assess the instruction all of our public school students are receiving on a daily basis.”

The legislation would require that charter schools and cyber charter schools use the same evaluation system as other public schools starting in the 2018-19 school year.

McCarter said charter schools and traditional public schools should be treated equally under law since both receive tax dollars and both are considered public schools under Pennsylvania law.