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11-21-2011, 10:54 AM
From Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-school-performance-evaluations1119-20111119,0,5166742.story) by Joel Hood:

How well students perform academically would count for as little as one-quarter of a teacher's evaluation next school year, if Chicago Public Schools becomes the first district in Illinois to implement new teacher assessments.

That's one proposal advanced by the state Board of Education on Friday, part of a complex series of proposed guidelines for evaluating teachers and principals that will be open for public comment through the end of the year. After two years, the student growth component of the evaluations would jump to a minimum of 30 percent, still a far cry from the 50 percent or more in place in Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio and elsewhere.

The teacher and principal assessments are required under Illinois' Performance Evaluation Reform Act, a sweeping education reform package passed into law in 2010. The law was strengthened over the summer with the passage of the controversial Senate Bill 7, which, among other changes, essentially made teacher performance and not seniority the key component in job security.

Rather than the long-standing system in which the most recently hired teachers are the first to be laid off, the laws require educators to consider a teacher's specialty, ability and effectiveness in improving student performance above his or her longevity inside the classroom.

Teachers in about 300 CPS schools would have the performance evaluations beginning in 2012-13. The rest of the district would implement them the following school year.

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