The Christie administration will roll out its long-awaited regulations for teacher evaluations today, including outlines for how student achievement will be used in grading teachers and principals, starting next school year.
But one thing not coming will be specific state funding for districts to put the new systems in place. Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed 2014 state budget provides some extra money for arbitration but none for the districts themselves.
The proposed regulations posted online by the state Department of Education yesterday indicated there could some flexibility in the yardstick for grading teachers under the new system, potentially quelling some of the expected debate over the use of student test scores.
For example, rather than setting a precise percentage that state test scores will count, the proposed regulations give the state a range and call for it to set different weights for different factors each year.