Christie administration announces $1.1M grant on teacher evaluation pilot project

June 21, 2011

The Christie administration announced a $1.1 million grant Tuesday to encourage school districts to join a pilot of new teacher evaluations in the coming school year.

The new evaluations must include observations of classroom practice and measures of student growth, using test scores and other data.

Teachers unions have protested relying too heavily on student performance to judge teachers, saying the computer models are flawed and penalize teachers with the most challenging students.

The administration said districts that join will get training in the new system and give state officials feedback, and will have some flexibility to design elements of their own evaluations. Applications are due July 28.