NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee education officials say they're taking steps to address teachers' concerns about a new evaluation system that for the first time will use students' standardized test scores as part of the process.
Recent changes in state law - including teacher evaluations and toughening the curriculum - allowed Tennessee to win $500 million in the national Race to the Top education grant competition.
However, The Associated Press recently obtained a list of about 30 questions teachers say remain unanswered about the evaluation process that is broken down into 50% qualitative - or the observation component - and 35% growth and 15% achievement.
Critics say the evaluation system is suspect and hasn't determined how best to rate teachers whose subjects aren't covered by the state's value-added test scoring program.
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