Houston policy to allow firings based on test scores gains support

01/15/2010 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

School board members in Houston gave preliminary approval to a policy giving administrators the authority to dismiss teachers whose students consistently perform poorly on standardized tests. Officials said the goal of the policy is not to fire more teachers but to improve teacher effectiveness as well as student achievement. "Quite frankly, if we were that good, why do 100,000 of our kids read below grade level?" district Superintendent Terry Grier said.

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