Officials Change Rules for DC Teacher Evaluations

Test doesn't have to count for 50 percent of evaluation

Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:04 PM EDT
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Officials Change Rules for DC Teacher Evaluations

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The District of Columbia is changing the rules for its teacher evaluations, officials said.

The Washington Examiner reported that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced Wednesday that D.C. Public Schools and some charter schools will no longer have to base 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation on the citywide test known as the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System.

Officials said instead that the standardized tests can count toward 30 percent of the evaluation, or any variation in between 30 and 50.

Washington Teachers' Union President Nathan Saunders said he believes weakening the test's role in evaluations is a move in the right direction.

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