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Pro-Con: Should student test scores be tied to teacher evaluations?

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 24, 2013 at 5:24 a.m.
Updated Nov. 25, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.

Kecia Garcia, art teacher at Torres Elementary School, talks with her students from the intervention program class about a story. Garcia and her students will reconstruct the story and analyze the narrative.

Texas is one of 10 states where student performance is not used in teacher evaluations.

In Florida, a teachers' union filed a lawsuit last spring challenging the state's evaluation law, which requires 40 percent of the evaluation to be based on student standardized test scores.

In Texas, teacher evaluations are not tied to student test scores by law, but they do play a role in some districts that decided to make the local connection.

Ninety-six percent of all Texas teachers receive a rating for "proficient" or better, and 4 percent of teachers receive a lower rating, according to the Texas Association of School Boards.

By next summer, Texas will have a new appraisal system being drafted by a teacher advisory committee, a group of teachers formed by the Texas Education Agency with the task of forging the new rubric.

"There is a move nationally to link student performance to teacher evaluation," said Debbie Ratcliffe, TEA director of media relations. "It's a very tricky, controversial subject because there's no easy way to do that."

Pro: Teachers should take responsibility for student success

Con: Rating wouldn't reflect classroom reality

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