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BESE Panel Approves Changes in New Standards

The News Star (12/03/13) Hasten, Mike

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved a two-year phasing-in of teacher evaluations, public school letter grades, and promotion policies for students in grades 3-7. Under the new plan, the 50 percent of teacher evaluations that come from value-added modeling (VAM), which is determined by how students perform on a test, would not be used until 2016. The new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams will be administered for the first time in 2015. Until VAM is implemented in 2016, principal evaluations will be the sole source of evaluations. Under the new policy, school assessments also will stay the same until a new base is established, with schools "graded on a curve," State Superintendent of Education John White said. He noted that support for raising performance expectations are gaining support.
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