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Many NJ teachers wary of new evaluations

Local News, News | Feb 06, 2013

Many NJ teachers wary of new evaluations

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new Rutgers University study finds that school administrators like a new teacher evaluation system more than the teachers do.

The state commissioned the study as it tested new systems to evaluate teachers in 10 districts.

Surveys found that three-quarters of administrators felt the results accurately reflected how well teachers did. But only one-third of the teachers felt the same way.

Similar systems are to be rolled out across the state next year, replacing an old evaluation system where principals gave teachers essentially either pass or fail marks, and nearly all of them passed.

The new system requires more frequent and deeper evaluations.

The state Education Department says it’s glad to see that districts that tested the programs had a more results-oriented culture.

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