Article in The Republican: “MCAS scores may be used in teacher evaluations across Massachusetts”

Our colleagues at The Republican featured an article yesterday detailing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s recommendation for a revised evaluation process for teachers.  Chester suggests MCAS scores, standardized exams, classroom observations, and student work to be used to assess teacher performance.  Under-performing educators would also have a year under Chester’s plan to show improvement.  This reform is just one component of the State’s implementation of Race to the Top funding.

To check out the full story, read the full article.

We’d love to hear from you; what do you think are the pros/cons of moving toward an evaluation process like this?  If you had to design a performance evaluation for educators, how would you incorporate student performance data?  Share your comments below.

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