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Research reinforces the importance of an effective teacher in moving students to new horizons or closing the achievement gap for students behind their peers. Unfortunately, Texas lacks a state policy for identifying, developing and retaining effective teachers.
To address this issue SB 4 establishes an appraisal system for educators that focuses on our end goal - improvement of student performance - and creates a continuous feedback loop to develop a quality teaching workforce.
In addition, SB 4 creates a new provisional certificate for beginning teachers. These teachers must demonstrate effectiveness before earning a standard certificate. This will ensure that only quality teachers remain in our classrooms. But this also requires Texas to invest in our beginning teachers to ensure they grow into effective educators. This reinforces the importance of SB 570 which creates a comprehensive induction program for Texas' beginning teachers.
Lastly, SB 4 establishes career pathways, to ensure our best and brightest educators have opportunities to excel in their profession while remaining in the classroom. Too often our most talented teachers pursue career advancement opportunities outside the classroom.