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State Makes Improvements to Teacher Evaluation System After 2nd Year of Implementation

Chattanoogan (12/09/13)

A new report from the Tennessee Department of Education shows that the second year of implementing the state's teacher evaluation system showed improvement from the previous year. It also reveals improvements in teachers' perceptions of the system, more teachers receiving individual growth metrics, and a strong correlation between observation scores and student achievement indicators, as well as improvements to be made for the 2013-14 school year, such as a more comprehensive and rigorous certification exam for all evaluators, more evaluation coaches working in regional offices, and a new model for assessing World Language teachers' growth. According to State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, "Developing an effective model for evaluating educators is part of our system-wide effort to develop better conditions for teaching and learning in Tennessee. We are encouraged by the results we've seen so far, and the department will continue to use feedback from stakeholders and measurable outcomes in classrooms to improve evaluations year after year."
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