OTES Reform! Ask Your State Representative to Support HB 540.

OEA strongly supports the comprehensive teacher evaluation reforms in House Bill 540.

This OTES reform bill is sponsored by Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Rep. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville). Both are members of the House Education Committee.

HB 540 will restructure the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) so that evaluations are teacher-driven and student-focused. In part, the bill would eliminate the 50% student growth factor (e.g. value-added) in teacher evaluation ratings.

The bill contains six major OTES reforms recommended by the teacher-majority Educator Standards Board (ESB). These recommendations were also approved by the State Board of Education.

Click here for a complete copy of the ESB recommendations.

The six major OTES reforms recommended by the ESB include the following:

  1. Update OTES Rubric
  2. Embed Student Growth into the Revised OTES Rubric: At least two types of “high quality” student data would be embedded in the performance rubric in the following areas: knowledge of students, differentiation, assessment of student learning, assessment of data, and professional responsibility. As a result, the bill would eliminate the 50% student growth factor in teacher evaluation ratings.
  3. Remove Shared Attribution
  4. Embed the Alternative Framework Components as Sources of Evidence in the Revised OTES Rubric
  5. Tailor Structure and Timing of Observations to Meet the Needs of Teachers in Order to Focus on Improvement and Growth
  6. Provide a Professional Growth Process for Teachers Rated Accomplished and Skilled


What else is noteworthy about House Bill 540?

  • It provides teachers with more specific, useful, and relevant feedback that is focused on student learning.
  • It increases the value of classroom walk-throughs, formal observations and conferences by placing greater emphasis on identified areas for improvement.
  • It makes student growth measures a more useful tool for helping students and informing teachers. Student growth data will finally be linked with improving instruction, as opposed to a separate evaluation factor linked to a weighted percentage.