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Feds: Nev. Can Delay High-Stakes Teacher Eval Plan

Associated Press (12/04/13) Rindels, Michelle

The U.S. Department of Education provided Nevada and Mississippi with additional time before implementing new teacher evaluations based on student academic achievement, which would be used in hiring and firing decisions. Nevada will implement its system by the 2016-17 school year, rather than the 2014-15 school year. "It was critical for us to receive this flexibility," says State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga, because it allows the state "the opportunity to move forward in the way that we're already moving." Developing assessments took Nevada longer than expected, but the state plans to test the evaluation system on 10 percent to 13 percent of schools this spring. If found to be trustworthy and accurate, the state could tie assessments to pay, promotions, and employment decisions as early as the 2014-15 school year.
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