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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state House is advancing a bill that would establish annual teacher evaluations that are based in part on student performance.

Senate File 146 passed a preliminary vote Friday and faces two more votes in the House.

The bill would require creation of standards for school districts and administrators to measure teacher performance annually and how to handle teachers who don't meet the standards.

The bill specifies that one measure of teacher performance is whether a teacher's students show academic improvement.

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It is one of several proposed measures to address accountability in public schools.

Many lawmakers and others contend the state's public education system isn't providing students with the quality education that they expect from a state that spends about $1.5 billion a year on its schools.

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