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Report: States ‘retreat’ from including student test results in principal, teacher evaluations

October 8, 2019


Following No Child Left Behind’s strict requirements for education accountability systems, ESSA returned much of the control to the states. In addition to legal challenges over linking test scores to teacher evaluation results, education researchers also raised questions about the validity of such systems, according to a report last year from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at Arizona State University.

For principals specifically, the NCTQ report shows nine states and the District of Columbia (DC) dropped the requirement that evaluations include “an objective measure of student growth,” while Texas added such a requirement.

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