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Fairfax teachers struggle with new evaluations

Published on: 
Wed, 11/07/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Examiner

Some Fairfax County teachers said they plan to resort to "cheating" to perform well on new evaluations introduced this fall that link their ratings to student achievement, according to a survey by the teachers union.

"Honestly, I feel as though [Fairfax County Public Schools] is putting me in a difficult position -- my job is on the line so what do I need to do to make my students perform well. Guess what, this is GOING to lead to some staff cheating and/or cutting corners," one teacher commented on the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers survey, which more than 450 teachers responded to in October.

Fairfax County implemented a new teacher evaluation system this year that bases 40 percent of ratings on student achievement data, under a requirement in the Virginia Department of Education's application for relief from No Child Left Behind.

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