New Jersey Teacher Evaluations Modified

Under the TEACHNJ Act, a component of teacher evaluation was to be the academic growth of students; this was to count as 30% of the evaluation. The Department of Education announced that in the first year of these new evaluations (2014/15), student growth would be pegged at 10% and the following year at 20% of the evaluation. In addition, Governor Christie issued an executive order establishing a nine-member commission appointed by him to assess the quality and effectiveness of PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). NJ Spotlight, as usual, provides an excellent overview; NJEA also has relevant information. Additional comments/reportage are at: New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, The Bergen Record, Asbury Park Press, and Education Week. Also, please see this article: Some Race To Top States Tinker With Teacher Evaluations.

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