Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2014
Sen. Ron Sharp
Senate sends TLE confidentiality bill to
The Senate unanimously approved legislation Tuesday
to better protect the privacy of Oklahoma’s teachers. Sen.
is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3173, which would require
public bodies to keep confidential all records created under the
Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System (TLE)
that identify a current or former employee.
“The TLE must be kept confidential because it reflects the
quantitative test scores of students on the teacher’s evaluation.
These scores are protected federally by FERPA and in the case of
students with learning disabilities by HIPPA,” said Sharp,
R-Shawnee. “There are also privacy issues involved with this
being an internal evaluation of the teacher’s performance.
I’m pleased that we were able to get this bill through the
legislative process so quickly to better protect our teachers.”
Under HB 3173, TLE records that identify a current or former employee
are not subject to disclosure under the Open Records Act.
HB 3173 was requested by Professional Oklahoma Educators (POE).
“This is an important bill because it guarantees privacy for
teachers,” said Ginger Tinney, POE Executive Director.
The measure now goes to the Governor’s office for final consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sharp: (405) 521-5539