In the battle to reform schools, making teachers more accountable has been one of the more controversial campaigns, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. But that hasn’t stopped New Jersey officials from recommending that 100,000-plus classroom teachers be put into a computerized tracking system. The system, which has allowed other states to hone in on teachers and better gauge how their specific students are doing, would initially focus on using data to examine how instructors are trained. It comes on the heels of a similar groundbreaking effort by New Jersey to track students throughout their public school years and a broader effort to improve the collection and analysis of education data.

So far, the state’s powerful education union is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the statewide tracking idea, which is being used in other states measure performance and, in some cases, dole out merit bonuses. Some members of the state board of education have said that is not New Jersey’s intention at this point…

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