From: Cavallaro, Beth@Fairglen
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I receive these as a National Board Certified Teacher and subscriber to "Accomplished Teacher".  The first few articles here are interesting.  Farther down is one regarding Florida.  I wanted to put this up on the share site for eveyone to peruse but couldn't figure out how to get it to go.  Maybe you will have better luck.

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  • Rhee fires 165 D.C. teachers for poor performance
    Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired 241 of the district's 4,300 teachers Friday -- 165 of whom were let go based in part on student test scores. Also, 17% were told their jobs were in jeopardy unless their evaluations improved. The Washington Teachers' Union has promised to appeal the firings, saying that Rhee's new evaluation system is "flawed." The system judges teachers' performance based on classroom observations and student outcomes, and also allows Rhee to speedily fire teachers. The Wall Street Journal (7/24) , USA TODAY/The Associated Press (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Why D.C.'s evaluation system is flawed: The teacher-evaluation system that Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee used to justify firing 165 teachers is flawed and unfair, according to Washington Post education writer and blogger Valerie Strauss. In this blog post, Strauss writes that the IMPACT evaluation system judges teachers on 22 points -- all of which must be observed in five 30-minute observation periods. However, excellent teachers who do not demonstrate all of the necessary teaching elements during one class period would be rated poorly, she writes. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (7/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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