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Recommendations an 'important step' toward reliable teacher evaluation

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 13, 2012 - Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher congratulated the volunteers on the Minnesota Teacher Evaluation Working Group after they finished their work on Thursday night.

“These recommendations will bring districts in compliance with the 2011 teacher development and evaluation law, which Education Minnesota supports,” Dooher said. “This law aims to create a system of continual improvement that will assure Minnesota teachers, who are already among the best in the nation, get better every year.

“The volunteers on the working group had a difficult job and met the requirements of the law. Now it’s up to Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to turn the recommendations into a final plan, and for the Legislature to pay for it. Minnesota’s educators are prepared to help accomplish both goals in any way we can,” Dooher said.

“Today was an important step toward creating a statewide system of teacher evaluation and professional development. A robust and reliable evaluation system is absolutely necessary to assure Minnesota parents that there’s a great teacher in every classroom,” Dooher said.

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