State to Answer Montgomery (Md.) Schools’ Proposal on Evaluations

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Montgomery County Public Schools will know by Friday what changes it needs to make to its teacher and principal evaluations next school year.

Maryland’s Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery will meet with local superintendents on Friday to update them on requirements for teacher and principal evaluations, said David Volrath, who leads the teacher/principal evaluation team for the state.

Montgomery teachers, principals, union representatives, and school officials are anxiously awaiting the news.

Across the country, local systems need to make changes to how they evaluate teachers, because new state and federal laws require evaluations to rely more on student performance and growth.

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has pushed back on making any changes to its Professional Growth System, stating that changes would compromise the integrity of what he calls a proven and nationally recognized formula for student success.

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