Governor Walker Signs Bill Tying Test Scores To Teachers

Posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 --- 5:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that allows 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 Walker signed Wednesday 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.

Walker says the bill provides flexibility to school districts to reward the best teachers, help mentor those who are struggling and hold those who don't improve accountable to help improve education for all students.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.