Wisconsin bill would tie tests to teacher discipline


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill that would allow student test scores to be used as a reason to fire a teacher.

Under current law, standardized test data can be one of several factors used to evaluate a teacher’s performance, but it can’t be used to discipline them.

The bill the Republican-controlled Assembly passed on a 54-38 vote early Friday would allow the scores to be used as one of multiple reasons to discipline or fire a teacher. Test scores alone could not be used to discipline a teacher.

The measure passed the Republican-controlled Senate last week on a partisan vote.

It now heads to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration. Walker’s spokesman says the governor supports the proposal.