Texas delays rollout of new teacher evaluations

Friday, July 25, 2014

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system, Education Commissioner Michael Williams told federal education officials Wednesday.

“Texas educators understand the need to update the current evaluation system to one that better reflects what’s occurring in today’s classroom,” he said in a written statement. “If Texas is to develop an evaluation system that truly supports our teachers, we need time to complete the pilot year and then utilize the constructive feedback we will receive from our school districts, charters and educators.”

The new policy — which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests — is also the first update to teacher evaluations the state has made in 17 years.

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