This time Wisconsin gets it right

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Freshly baked chocolate cookies on Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines may now be a thing of the past. But thanks to a new bill signed by Governor Walker, there's another reason to visit the Dairy State.

New legislation requires that student performance factor into at least 50 percent of a teacher evaluation and that teachers show evidence of their mastery of scientifically-based research practices in order to pass their licensure exam. 

As reading guru Sandra Stotsky points out in her op-ed in the Capitol Times, "many states are looking for objective ways to evaluate teachers...but are missing an important connection...[namely] whether a lack of adequate progress in children's beginning-reading skills is the result of teacher incompetence or deficient training." Kudos to Wisconsin for understanding that the connection between these pieces is critical to ensuring all children are taught by an effective teacher. 

Emily Cohen