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Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective'

2 years 7 months 3 days ago October 22, 2014 Oct 22, 2014 Wednesday, October 22 2014 October 22, 2014 2:39 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - A new state report says 92 percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in the second year of a statewide evaluation process.

Last year, the figure was 89 percent.

The latest figures were released Wednesday.

The new system does not yet require that growth in student achievement be part of a teacher's evaluation. That factor is being delayed as the state phases in tougher Common Core standards. Meanwhile, teachers are rated on subjective classroom observations by principals.

The state Department of Education said that in the best-performing school districts, it appears to be more difficult for teachers to earn a "highly effective" rating. Districts that did best at boosting student achievement often had a lower number of teachers rated "highly effective" than the state average.

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