State preparing new teacher evaluations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state Education Department is preparing a teacher-evaluation system that school districts across the state could use. The standardized system would save the 260 districts from each having to develop their own evaluations.

The department says the standard evaluation would provide a way to assure quality among teachers and to help teachers continue to learn. Districts won't be required to use the standard evaluation if they want to stick with their own system.

The evaluation is being developed by a task force made up of teachers, administrators, Education Department staff and several others. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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