More states use students' test scores to evaluate teachers

11/17/2011 | Washington Post, The

Thirteen states use student achievement as a primary measure of teacher effectiveness, up from four that reported doing so two years ago, according to a recent report. An additional 10 states base a lesser portion of teachers' evaluations on students' scores, and in 19 states and the District of Columbia, personnel decisions are made based on the results. The growth in such high-stakes evaluations has been driven, at least in part, by President Barack Obama's initiatives, including Race to the Top and his decision to issue waivers to No Child Left Behind.

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