Nevada delays start of new teacher evaluations

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Updated: 6/21/2014 10:32 am
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada state lawmakers are delaying for another year a statewide performance evaluation system for public school teachers and administrators.
   The Legislature's Interim Finance Committee approved the delay Thursday after hearing that the program wasn't ready to begin this fall.
   It's the latest in a series of holdups amid concerns that the program could be unfair to the educators being assessed.
   The system was to have begun a year ago.
   The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) the committee was told that more work was needed to ensure that using student achievement data in evaluations is legally defensible.
   The program would give teachers and administrators one of four designations, from ineffective to highly effective.
   Scoring would be based half on student performance data and half on an administrator's observations under five standards.
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