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Ed Secretary Duncan urges Fla. to work on new teacher evaluation system

9:44 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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(AP) -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says if there are problems with Florida's new teacher evaluation system they should be addressed and corrected quickly.
 
Teachers unions have sued the state and three local school boards over evaluations that grade some Florida teachers on subjects and students they don't teach.
 
In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Duncan said he can understand the rationale behind creating incentives for every adult in a school to work together in an ensuring a child's success. But he's not convinced 50 percent is the right measure.
 
The lawsuit claims Florida's teacher evaluation system unfairly judges instructors who don't teach subjects covered by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Fifty percent of the evaluation must come from statewide assessments like the FCAT.

 

Associated Press

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