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DCPS Hits Pause On Using Test Scores For Teacher Evaluations

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While D.C. changes student tests, test scores won't be factored into teacher evaluations for a period of one year.
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While D.C. changes student tests, test scores won't be factored into teacher evaluations for a period of one year.

For several years, teachers in D.C. public schools have had student test scores account for up to half of their evaluation. But the school system now plans to suspend that practice for the upcoming school year.

Jason Kamras oversees teacher evaluations in DCPS. He says instead of the local test D.C. students take, at the end of the next academic year, students will take the PARCC test. It stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Basically, it's one of the tests used by states that follow the more rigorous Common Core Standards.

Kamras says new assessments could have complications and delays, so they decided to hold them for a year.

"This is one of the biggest assessments changes in our nation’s history and we know its going to be complicated, and we just want to be thoughtful and give our teachers the data they deserve in a reasonable timeframe," Kamras says.

But Kamras says this pause will only be for a year. He says teacher evaluations based on student test scores will return during the 2015-2016 academic year.

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