Student achievement will count "strongly" toward a third of teachers' evaluations in Maryland's Montgomery County under a agreement between teachers and district officials. The agreement was needed to comply with a state law that required student scores to factor significantly into teacher evaluations -- part of the state's bid to win Race to the Top funds. A district spokesman said achievement among students has been "a secondary source for teacher evaluations" but will now be a primary source. A union leader said the agreement will not change the way teachers are evaluated.

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