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Study: De-Emphasize Test Scores For Most Teachers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel5) - A new study calls for about two-thirds of Tennessee teachers to be able to opt for a smaller portion of their evaluations to be based on student testing data.

The report released Monday by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, was commissioned by Governor Bill Haslam to review the state's new teacher evaluation system. The Republican governor asked lawmakers not to enact any changes to the evaluation system while the study was being conducted.

Fifty percent of teachers' evaluations are based on student testing data. But only about one-third of teachers teach subjects where value-added testing data is collected.

The SCORE report recommends that teachers in subjects or grades without specific testing data be allowed to reduce that component to 25 percent of their evaluation.

Haslam announced in December that he was commissioning an outside review of the heavily criticized new system.

He asked the recommendations be reported back to the state this summer.

The head of the Metro Nashville Teachers Association was pleased to see the report acknowledge some of what he believes are outright flaws. One of them that teachers are left high and dry after a bad review.

"What we heard clearly, they like it. 'Where, what do I need to improve on? and now that you've told me what resource do you have to help me improve,'" said Eric Huth with the Metro Nashville Teachers Association.

Perhaps the most controversial issue the report tackled is the chunk of teacher's evaluations that rely on numeric data like test scores. SCORE suggested lowering the amount student test scores count from 35 percent to 10 percent and increasing what's known as the qualitative data. 

The Department of Education is releasing its own report about the first year of the new evaluation system that is expected to be released on Friday. 

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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