Federal funds prompt some states to reconsider teacher evaluations

09/9/2009 | Google

With their eligibility for Race to the Top stimulus funds at risk, officials in California and Wisconsin are working to lift bans on tying teacher evaluations to student test scores. Nevada has a similar law, but lawmakers do not reconvene until 2011, which might be too late to make the change, which is opposed by teachers unions. "I don't think the best approach in teacher evaluation comes from students' test scores," said Dave Harswick, a Wisconsin union leader. "It can be part of the picture, but it shouldn't be the whole picture."

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