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School District Launches New Teacher Evaluation Program

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LAS VEGAS - Teachers are busy training and getting classrooms ready for the start of the school year. This year, those teachers face a new evaluation system that was recently approved by state lawmakers.

The evaluation system is aimed at improving student achievement by scrutinizing ineffective teachers.

In previous years, teachers were evaluated on their own performance, but starting this school year, their performance will be tied to student achievement.

Under the new system, teachers are ranked based on student test scores and classroom observation. Teachers are awarded scores of ‘highly effective', ‘effective', ‘minimally effective' or ‘ineffective'. High performing teachers will be rewarded. Ineffective teachers will be removed.

The evaluation system will be implemented as a pilot program this year and fully implemented next year.

The Clark County Education Association says qualified teachers should be in every classroom. CCEA President Vikki Courtney says she hopes the new evaluation system is conducted in a fair manner.

"I think that's going to be a challenge and making sure that we work together to make sure that's rolled out in a way that is supportive of everyone," she said.

Because this ranking system is new, principals will also require training on implementing it.

Calls to the Clark County School District seeking comment on this story were not returned.

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