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06/01/14

Tenure Rules Linked to Teacher Evaluations in More States

NBC News (05/21/14) Aronowitz, Nona Willis

A report released by the Education Commission of the States says a growing number of states are using controversial teacher evaluations to determine which teachers earn and hold onto tenure. To date, 16 states have mandated that the results of these evaluations be used in making tenure decisions, but Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina have voted to eliminate tenure entirely. Sandi Jacobs, vice president and managing director of the National Council on Teacher Quality, says the new evaluations are a step in the right direction, stating that "evidence of student learning and performance should be part of teacher evaluation." However, she notes that detailed, rather than cursory, classroom observation also is vital, as are sophisticated student surveys that assess more than a teacher's popularity.
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