AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers have endorsed proposed guidelines for local school districts to create teacher evaluation systems.

They were written in response to a state law passed in 2012 that requires school districts to develop and implement teacher evaluation systems based on such criteria as student growth.

The Democratic-led House voted 118-20 on Monday in support of the rules developed by the Department of Education. The Senate backed the rules last week.

Among other things, the rules state that multiple measures of student growth must be used to evaluate teachers, not only standardized tests.

The department introduced the rules last year, but they failed to get two-thirds support of lawmakers for final approval and were reintroduced this session.

The bill faces final votes in both chambers.

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