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Colorado Begins Controversial Teacher-Grading System
8/1/13 | Denver Post
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An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom
Summer 2010| Education Next
In the Denver Post, Kristin Wyatt takes a close look at the new teacher evaluation system being implemented in Colorado. After three years of development and pilot tests, the state will finally be using the new teacher evaluation system in all 178 school districts this fall. Teacher ratings will be based on student test scores (50 percent of the grade) and evaluations conducted by administrators and other teachers (peers). The ratings have real consequences; new teachers will need to achieve satisfactory grades before receiving tenure, and tenured teachers will too many low grades in a row can lose tenure.
In a debate between Kati Haycock and Eric Hanushek on how to ensure that more students have effective teachers, the two agreed about the importance of designing good teacher evaluation systems.