Disparities in some Colorado teacher evaluations draw fire

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Murphy is among the educators at Trailblazer Elementary School being re-evaluated after the Douglas County School District determined that the high marks she got on her job review may not be valid.

"The district basically told us that we had too many highly effective teachers," Murphy said. "Therefore, the evaluation process must not have been administered appropriately."

Results were mixed at campuses throughout the school district as principals completed the first round of teacher evaluations under a new system that ties pay raises to the ratings.

About 70 percent of the teachers at Trailblazer were rated highly effective, but at some other campuses in the school district, none got the

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