Teacher ratings linked to test scores in Delaware

October 10, 2011 5:04:01 AM PDT
Delaware state education and union officials have agreed to use student test score data as a measure for rating teachers during the current school year.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports that this is the first time such data will be linked to teacher ratings. The agreement comes one year after the state rolled out a computer-based assessment for students that helps measure test score growth.

The test score data are part of a five-component ranking system. However, teachers will not face negative consequences if they score low in the student test score portion because some do not have a test linked to their subject area.

Delaware promised to make changes in teacher ratings systems in return for federal grants under the Race to the Top program.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com