Report Praises Idaho's Flawed Teacher Evaluation Process

Dec 8, 2015

Idaho has one of the nation’s strongest teacher evaluation policies, according to a national report issued Tuesday.

Idaho requires annual teacher evaluations, a national “best practice,” says the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. The group also gave Idaho conditional praise for using student achievement as a teacher evaluation metric.

What happens to those teacher evaluations is another question — and one likely to arise when the Idaho Legislature convenes its 2016 session next month. Several district superintendents purposely submitted inaccurate evaluations data to the state. Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, chairman of the House Education Committee, has said he wants to review the evaluation system in 2016.

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