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Tough problem: How best to evaluate teachers

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Apr 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Changes are coming in the way Minnesota teachers are evaluated.

A group of teachers, administrators, parents and others has been quietly working on a new tool that will be used statewide starting in a couple of years.

It's a tricky problem. Student growth is supposed to be part of it, but standardized tests don't exist for all subject areas. And the teachers' union says there are limits to how much the tests prove even where they can be used.

The evaluations are likely to include some sort of peer review. Todd Marder, who is in his second year teaching at St. Paul Music Academy, says the help he got from a fellow teacher helped him grow in his first year more than anything else.

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