Should teachers be rated based on student performance?

11/17/2008 | Washington Post, The

This question is one being considered by school districts and lawmakers, but Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews questions the value of rating teacher performance based on student achievement, especially since there are many variables when it comes to individual students. "The decisions we make to strengthen schools should not be made by speculation or unproven theory, but on data," said Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland state superintendent of schools.

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