WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into
law in front of the very people it's designed to evaluate: elementary school
Walker and State Rep. Donna Seidel said
read to lead will help improve their reading, and get a head start on learning.
"It gives us a chance to really put in
place Wisconsin's standards that measure a variety of things and not just one
high stakes test," said Walker.
"What we do so well here can be an example
for other schools across the rest of the state," said Seidel.
The district gave feedback on how students
and teachers should be evaluated.
"I feel very good with the fact that the
task force and the governor listened to our input," said Nell Anderson, Wausau
School District Director of Elementary Education.
State Superintendent Tony Evers said there
are two parts to the new law. The first part is testing kindergartners on their
reading, and the second part is evaluating teachers.
"So we know what kind of literacy skills
they have moving forward, and that will help our teachers have the information
they need," said Evers.
It's a bill most Republicans and Democrats
actually agree on at a time when bipartisanship is scarce.
"I think it's also a really important story
that things can get done this way when they are put together in the right way,"
Governor Walker says the bill passed thanks
to widespread support.
"Our folks from Wausau were central to creating this bill,
this package," said Seidel.
"Really Franklin Elementary is one of the
key schools and staffs that gave us some great insight early on," said Walker.
Anderson said she believes the bipartisanship
efforts will go a long way for students in Wisconsin.
"Again you have to put confidence in people
working together," said Anderson.
Anderson said research on the educator evaluation component of the
read to lead bill is still being reviewed. She
said educators from the Wausau
School District will also
have a hand in shaping the evaluations as well.