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Maryland Requests ESEA Waiver Extension for Teacher-Principal Evaluations

Bay Net News (Md.) (03/04/14)

The Maryland State Department of Education presented a plan to the State Board of Education for new education initiatives to strengthen teaching and learning statewide as part of its request for an extension of its waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. The plan includes implementing higher standards, better assessments, and new teacher and principal evaluation systems. The state is piloting new assessments through the online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and teachers and administrators are learning a new evaluation system for improving teacher effectiveness and school leadership. Maryland Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery says, "Improving and ensuring fair evaluations for teachers and principals is perhaps the most difficult and important stage of this progression. We want to do this work well to accelerate student learning and to support teachers and school leaders during this transition, particularly as they learn to use these new tools for professional growth." The waiver extension application recognizes that school year 2014-15 is the baseline year for PARCC implementation, and data from the second test administration in school year 2015-16 would be available to use in evaluations in 2016-17.
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