BOISE -- At least half of an Idaho teacher's job evaluation will be based on student achievement starting July 1, and what parents think will count too.

The state Department of Education asked lawmakers Wednesday to clarify when parental involvement will factor into the evaluations of educators and school administrators. The change was part of an education overhaul signed into law last year.

Under the plan introduced by public schools chief Tom Luna, at least 50 percent of all teaching evaluations performed after June 30 will be tied to the academic performance of students. But to some, the law was unclear as to when the parents become involved.

Lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee introduced a bill that aims to clarify that parental input also comes into play after June 30.

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