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Pilot teacher evaluation program gets raves in Kentucky

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A pilot program using new ways to evaluate teachers is drawing raves from some of those using it as the state continues to work toward standardizing educator assessments across Kentucky in 2014.

Teachers, principals and superintendents said Monday the new, multi-faceted evaluations are more precise than the current method of assessing performance, which involves only observations. A group of six gave their views at a Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence meeting in Frankfort.

The new assessments are being tested in 54 of Kentucky’s school districts, with a goal of having all 174 districts using them in the 2014-2015 school year. They are part of the state’s overhaul of public schools and a requirement of a waiver Kentucky received to ignore some parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law.