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AFT Says Student Achievement Not A Fair Measure Of Teacher Effectiveness

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Public school teachers in D.C. are poised to enter their third year without a contract. Now a national figure in education is weighing in on a point of contention: evaluating teacher effectiveness. When talks for a new teacher union contract in the D.C. stalled, the parent union, the American Federation of Teachers and it's president Randi Weingarten got involved. And while she declined to comment on any part of the contract negotiation, Weingarten says it's unfair to base a teacher's livelihood on standardized test. Or, what she calls a principal with a checklist and 15 minutes. Weingarten says a fair measure must look at how a teacher develops the whole child. She likens the process to evaluating oncologists based on how many patients they save. Weingarten says the AFT is developing an assessment she thinks is fair.

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