Test Scores will be Part of Teacher Evaluations

Student test scores will be part of teacher evaluations in Alaska beginning in 2015.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - Student test scores will be part of teacher evaluations in Alaska beginning in 2015.

The Alaska State Board of Education approved the controversial change on Friday. Most of the 900 written comments submitted to the board came from teachers unhappy with the plan. They oppose being judged on the results of high-stakes standardized tests that don't take into account outside-the-classroom factors that influence the performance of their students.

The Board of Education acted in response to a public request by Gov. Sean Parnell.

Initially, 20 percent of a teacher's assessment will be based on their students' growth and performance using criteria that includes at least one standardized test. The share will grow to 50 percent in 2018.

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