[caption id="attachment_110279" align="alignleft" width="215"] The district still lags far behind the national average on the "Nation's Report Card" from the Education Department.[/caption]

Tough new teacher evaluations led to a strike this month in Chicago, but in the District of Columbia, such evaluations are "business as usual."

Comprehensive teacher evaluations that take into account student performance are a central part of President Barack Obama's education policy and of the national school reform movement. They also were a major point of contention in the seven-day long Chicago teachers' strike, which ended...

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