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November 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Not many teachers can be evaluated using state test scores

Paul Tong / Op Art

Paul Tong / Op Art

School districts across Washington state are starting to evaluate teachers and principals in new, more rigorous ways.  Not surprisingly, that’s not easy.

Rather than simply rating teachers and principals as satisfactory or unsatisfactory, districts are using a four-level scale and, for the first time, must include student academic growth as a significant part of those evaluations.

Just how to do that well? A panel last week at the University of Washington made it clear that question is far from settled.

There’s wide agreement that student learning should be part of teacher and principal evaluations, and that such growth can’t be measured by any one test. The question is: What should be part of the equation?  Classroom assignments/tests?  District ones? State exams given at the end of a school year? And how much weight should any of these receive?


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