Education Dept. to extend teacher evaluations
WASHINGTON - New testing standards are allowing states to hold off on teacher evaluations when student performance test scores come in.
Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, says states can now apply for extra time before making teacher personnel decisions based on how well students do on new assessments from Common Core standards.
Duncan's decision comes from concerns by teachers' unions and others saying the evaluations are done too early.
The announcement affects more than 40 states including Louisiana which is currently working on applying Common Core standards in the classrooms this year.
The Obama administration also asked that there still should be the development of an effective and meaningful teacher evaluation part of the No Child Left Behind Law.