About one 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 new evaluations, which include more classroom observations and emphasis on standardized testing. In Tennessee, principals say new evaluations are burdensome and, in some cases, do not reflect teachers' effectiveness. Delaware was unable to adopt a system based on student growth due to a lack of data, and Maryland has postponed a similar requirement.

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