Extra Time to Change Teacher Evaluations

As reported by Education Week, the U.S. Department of Education will allow some states to postpone using student growth on state tests as a factor in personnel decisions until the 2016-17 school year.

Maryland is one of the states eligible to apply for a postponement based on its No Child Left Behind Act waiver in 2012, through which it is implementing the new standards of Common Core, according to Education Week.

And according to their waiver plans, states are supposed to start using student growth on those assessments to make personnel decisions about teachers, like whether they get extra pay, a promotion—or get to keep their jobs. Teacher evaluation has been the trickiest piece of waiver implementation so far.

To obtain a postponement in applying student growth to teacher evaluations, “states would have to show that they have a “robust” plan in place for making sure teachers are well-versed in new standards and assessments,” as reported in Education Week.

For more information, see the full story from the Education Week blog.