The New Jersey Department of Education has selected 24 districts to participate in either the first year of the state’s principal evaluation pilot program or the second year of its teacher evaluation pilot program this school year.
Of the 70 districts that applied to participate, 10 districts have been selected to initially receive a total of $1 million for the teacher evaluation pilot and 14 districts including Monmouth County Vocational schools were chosen to receive a total of $400,000 for the principal evaluation pilot, pending final review, according to the state Department of Education.
Once fully implemented, the evaluations may be used to make decisions about tenure.
A bill that ended teacher tenure as a near guarantee was passed unanimously by the Legislature in June, with the support of the state teachers unions. But the bill doesn’t make seniority a smaller factor in deciding which educators would lose their jobs in the event of layoffs.