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December 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Governor proposes new ways to evaluate teachers

The governor today proposed ways to change and improve the way teachers and principals are evaluated, according to The Associated Press.

Instead of having a system with just two categories — satisfactory or unsatisfactory — Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a system with four categories: unsatisfactory, basic, proficient and distinguished.

Teachers need to know what they’re doing well and how they need to improve, she said at a news conference, according to the AP story.

A teacher given an unsatisfactory evaluation would be put on probation. If at the end of the school year the teacher has shown no improvement, the teacher would be fired. A teacher given a basic rating two years in a row would also be put on probation and must raise their performance, according to the AP.

Comments | More in Education | Topics: evaluated, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Olympia

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