ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland education officials and a diverse group of organizations representing educators announced a unique partnership Friday to develop an important part of teacher evaluations.
The agreement focuses on making teachers and principals more effective and comes as states struggle to develop new teacher evaluation systems and work to implement student achievement into the reviews.
The goals, which are known as student learning objectives, are aimed at a specific group of students over a set period of time. They are a key factor in Maryland's new teacher-principal evaluation system.
The agreement was signed by Maryland's largest teachers' union, the Maryland State Educators Association, and the Maryland State Board of Education.
It also was signed by the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland and groups representing principals of secondary schools and elementary schools.