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Teacher evaluation systems not fully supported in many states

A recent report out of the Center for American Progress examines the state of teacher evaluation reform in six early adopter states, including Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee, the Huffington Post reports. While many state education departments are struggling to fully support the new systems, others have seen some success and are en route to developing a means of supporting districts in teacher evaluation work. The paper’s author, Patrick McGuinn, identified a number of challenges associated with implementing new teacher-evaluation systems based on the work of the early-adopter states. Among them is the debate over the role of the state in education, which impacts how state education agencies approach teacher evaluation reform. Furthermore, states vary widely when it comes to the degree of centralization and standardization they require in the new teacher-evaluation systems…

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