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Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest in Teacher Evaluation

Texas Public Radio (02/24/2014) Poppe, Ryan

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams unveiled a state-initiated teacher evaluation pilot program. "We have 71 districts that are interested and participating, and we have meetings with those superintendents in a couple weeks here in Austin to talk about it as we go forward," he said. "Growth ought to be a part of how we evaluate our teachers and we're talking about student growth not absolute achievement. And we can talk about how much growth and what other variables should be included, but ask the teacher's associations to slow down and let us finish this product." The evaluation is likely to include student growth, principal and peer evaluations, and possibly student and parental surveys of teachers, Williams said. The department is required to develop the program by May and have at least 40 school districts participating under its waiver from the U.S. Education Department.
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