Eye on Education

Duncan Gives Schools an Option to Put Teacher Evaluations on Pause

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is giving states an option to put a year-long delay on evaluating teachers based on test scores, the New York Times reports. Many schools use students’ standardized test scores to factor in to different aspects of teachers’ employment statuses.

“I believe testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools,” Duncan wrote in a blog post announcing his decision.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Thursday that states could delay the use of test results in teacher-performance ratings by another year, an acknowledgment, in effect, of the enormous pressures mounting on the nation’s teachers because of new academic standards and more rigorous standardized testing.

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