Friday, July 15, 2011

More than 200 D.C. teachers fired - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post

More than 200 D.C. teachers fired - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post

More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

The District fired 227 teachers for poor performance Friday, the second year in a row it has dismissed significant numbers of educators for sub-par work in the classroom.

Those fired amount to nearly 6 percent of the 4,100 teachers in the city school system.

They were dismissed for poor scores on the evaluation system known as IMPACT, which grades teachers on five 30-minute classroom observations and their compliance with nine broad standards. These include ability to express course content clearly, teach students with differing skill levels and manage time effectively. For some teachers, half of their appraisal is contingent on whether students meet predicted growth targets on standardized tests.

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