Feds: Nevada can delay high-stakes teacher eval plan

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Updated: 12/04/2013 10:41 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal education officials have approved Nevada's request for a one-year delay in a plan to base hiring and firing decisions on the results of teacher evaluations.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Nevada and Mississippi could hold off on their plans until the 2016-2017 school year.

Nevada must still implement redesigned teacher and principal evaluations by the 2014-2015 school year, although personnel decisions won't be based on the results for another two years.

The new evaluations will be based significantly on how much students improve.

Nevada initially planned to have such evaluations in place by this year, but pushed back the start date amid concerns that the assessments wouldn't give teachers a fair shake.

Ten other states have asked for flexibility on the timeline. Their requests are pending.

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