Survey of Approaches to Evaluate Educators in Non-Tested Grades & Subjects

 “The primary lever for encouraging states to tie student achievement results to educator evaluations is the Race to the Top (RTTT) fund, announced in July of 2009, which made eligible grant money of nearly 4.4 billion dollars to those states with applications that most closely adhered to reforms that the Obama administration is trying to incentivize.”

In this paper, we define non-tested grades and subjects as those that do not have both a “pre-test” and “post-test” in the same content area that can be incorporated into their teacher evaluation. Note that for non-subject specific grades, such as in elementary school, an assessment that is administered at the end of the prior year generally serves as an adequate pre-test.

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