LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Maryland has become the first state in the nation to sign a memorandum pledging that all education officials will work together to improve the state’s teacher evaluation system.
Bill Reinhard, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Department of Education, says the new standards will be rigorous but achievable.
“It is not this sort of ‘All kids have to know all things by the end of the year,’ it is ‘Here’s a student, we know what the student did last year, so we can say that we have an expectation that the student is going to hit this level by the end of next year,'” Reinhard says.
A major part of the revamped teacher evaluation system, according to Reinhard, is measuring individual student learning objectives and setting goals for each child.
Reinhard says the new system will be designed to make sure teachers can effectively measure student progress and help those who aren’t improving.
The announcement comes a day after the U.S. Department of Education released a report finding that Maryland has been moved from “meets requirements” to “needs assistance” when it comes to teaching children with disabilities.