A bill requiring annual classroom teacher evaluations has cleared the House of Delegates and is on its way to the state Senate for consideration.

Much like the legislature's bill that would require students to attend school 180 days, the teacher evaluation bill seems to be watered down.

The bill says formal, more detailed, evaluations will be made by school principals on teachers in their first three years on the job.

After that, it indicates an informal evaluation process will take place.

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha called for the formal evaluations to continue year after year, without success.

"There just seems to be a disconnect to me to say that you're going to do this process for the first three years, but you are not going to do this process moving forward," Armstead said.

House Education Committee Chair Mary Poling, D-Barbour, argued against Armstead's proposal, saying annual formal evaluations would be a waste of precious time.

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