ESSA Loosens Reins on Teacher Evaluations, Qualifications

Education Week – January 2016

ESSA has eliminated the requirement to use student test scores as a primary measure in teacher evaluations. Education Week examines various state responses to this change. The law also eliminates the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement, mandating that teachers must be licensed as required by the state in which they will teach. There are concerns that these looser rules might negatively affect poor and minority students. In an effort to ensure equitable access to quality educators, states are now required to report out the number of teachers teaching outside their area of certification and those who are inexperienced.

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