Jun 8, 2011 8:07 AM by Kate Richards

Teachers could be graded

DENVER (AP) - Colorado teachers could see a new four-tier ranking system under new performance guidelines up for discussion by the state Board of Education.

Colorado is changing the rules for how teachers earn and keep job protections known as tenure, linking student performance to job security. State education officials are seeing a draft of those standards evaluations Wednesday.

The guidelines set four grades for teachers. The grades are "highly effective," "effective," "partially effective" and "ineffective." Teachers rated "ineffective" for two consecutive years would lose tenure, or what the state calls "nonprobationary status." New teachers need two subsequent years of "effective" ratings to make tenure. The ratings are based in part on student tests.

The board aims to settle the rules by November so the Legislature can approve them next year.


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