The New Jersey Department of Education aims to have the new evaluation system in schools statewide by next fall, changing teachers’ tenure and salaries under an education reform plan that Gov. Chris Christie is advocating for, according to the Star-Ledger.
But many are unconvinced that the pilot program will work. Rosemary Knab, Ph.D., associate director of Research and Economic Services for the New Jersey Education Association, told NorthJersey.com that the pilot evaluation program still places too heavy an emphasis on standardized tests.
“They neither provide districts with a true picture of where our students stand academically nor do they give us information as to where they are deficient,” Webster wrote in a letter to Christie on the governor’s education reform stance, published by Manchester, N.J. Patch. “Attempting to use the current/similar tests to evaluate teacher performance seems to me to be unreliable and unworkable.”
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