Districts prepare for student tests to evaluate teachers

While this school year is newly under way, district officials across Alaska are turning their attention to additional standardized tests students will take next year to help rank teachers.

KTVA-TV reports that starting next school year, students will take additional tests to see how they are performing in class. Those results will be linked to teacher evaluations as part of new state guidelines known as Student Growth Objectives.

Students will take the test at the beginning of the school year and again a few months later to gauge if what they are learning in class is making a difference.

Not everyone is pleased with the new testing. The teachers’ union in Anchorage says the new regulations take time away from the classroom.