Colorado schools prepare for new teacher-rating system

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Monday, August 5, 2013

The video shows a fourth-grade music teacher leading her pupils through four-beat patterns with a rest. Two dozen judges are watching, grading how well she’s engaging students and leading the lesson.

None of the judges is a music teacher. They’re school administrators learning how to evaluate educators in a discipline that’s not their own. It’s no easy task, and as Colorado prepares for statewide implementation of standardized educator effectiveness ratings, it’s the kind of thing schools are going to be doing in every classroom.

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