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NJEA urges caution in tying test scores to teacher evaluation

Researchers insist model has serious limitations

It sounds so simple: if tests measure what a student learns, why shouldn’t they be used to measure teacher effectiveness? That appears to be the reasoning behind Gov. Christie’s insistence that “at least 50 percent” of teacher evaluations be tied to student test scores. But leading educational researchers say the idea of evaluating, paying, and firing teachers based on their ability to raise student test scores is problematic.      Read More

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