Tennessee has passed a new law that would require teacher observations four times a year for professional teachers and six times a year for apprentice teachers through a program called Race to the Top. Half of these evaluations would be unannounced. They would then be evaluated each year based on 50 percent observation, 35 percent student growth, and 15 percent student achievement data. Decisions on retaining teachers will be based on this evaluation as opposed to the traditional system of teacher tenure. All teachers will be judged on the same criteria whether in a traditional academic subject or in a performing arts subject which has caused concern amongst some teachers. Further, evaluators will be state approved and not necessarily from within the school which has made some question their qualifications to observe lessons.
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