9 states no longer require test scores be used to judge teachers

October 9, 2019 | Chalkbeat

Fewer states are using student test scores to evaluate teachers, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality. As of this year, 34 states require scores to be used in teacher evaluations, down from a high of 43 in 2015.

The decline illustrates the continued retreat of an idea that took education policy by storm during the first half of the decade, but proved divisive and difficult to implement.

The push to remake teacher evaluations was jump-started by the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition, which offered a chance at federal dollars to states that enacted favored policies — including linking teacher evaluation to student test scores. This came on the heels of an influential report, “The Widget Effect,” which concluded that teacher evaluations in many districts were perfunctory and nearly always resulted in a satisfactory rating.

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