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      Minnesota Recognized for Progress in Teacher Evaluation

      Posted on October 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Minnesota’s new teacher-evaluation law, passed during the 2011 legislative session, is one of 17 state plans being lauded by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for reform to teacher training, evaluation and compensation.

      As reported by MinnPost today, the Minnesota law was applauded for meeting most of the goals set forth by NCTQ through its approach to more strongly factor student achievement into teacher ratings. As seen in the full report:

      “The move to rethink how to evaluate teachers and explicitly tie assessments of teacher performance to student achievement marks an important shift in thinking about teacher quality,”

      “The change is significant because policymaking around improving teacher quality to date has focused almost exclusively on teachers’ qualifications rather than on their effectiveness in the classroom and the results they get with students.”

      MinnPost’s Beth Hawkins breaks down the Minnesota law in her article explaining, “Under the new law, 35 percent of a Minnesota teacher’s evaluation will be based on data regarding student achievement, engagement and commitment. In addition, teachers may present portfolios of student work that they feel shows evidence of growth.”

      The Minnesota law also provides local school districts with more flexibility in designing their methods of evaluation to meet the unique needs of their student body.

      The full NCTQ report can be read by clicking here.