The majority of states now require performance based teacher evaluations based on student perfomance on exams.
The state by state analysis shows that 42 states and Washington DC have written policies requiring that student growth and achievement must be considered in teacher evaluations. That translates to student test scores, and sometimes to dismissal of teachers.
By contrast, only 15 states linked teacher reviews to scores in 2009.
The performance based teacher evaluations are the result of the Race To The Top initiative through which the Obama administration has awarded $4 billion in grants to states that tie teacher reviews to student scores.
“The bottom line of teaching is whether or not students are learning,” said Sandi Jacobs, the council’s senior vice president of state and district policy. “If you stand up in front of a classroom every day and deliver great lesson after great lesson but no one in the class is gaining anything, then something is off.”