About a dozen states have agreed to evaluate teachers in new ways in an effort to receive federal Race to the Top funds. However, some states have encountered problems with the evaluations, which include more classroom observations and emphasis on standardized testing. In Tennessee, principals say the evaluations are burdensome and, in some cases, do not reflect teachers' effectiveness. Delaware was unable to adopt a system based on student growth because of a lack of data, and Maryland has postponed a similar requirement.
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