Looking Closely at New Teacher Evaluations in Massachusetts.
When states, like Massachusetts, were awarded federal education Race to the Top money, the funds came with requirements. One is to improve teacher evaluations. Recently Massachusetts Commissioner of Primary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester acknowledged that many school districts may be late in meeting the first deadline for completing the plans. But Michael Morris, newly hired by the Amherst Pelham regional school district to implement their new evaluation plan says he he thinks most districts will eventually get the job done. And he says Massachusetts has an advantage because the largest teachers union in the state, the MTA, proactively saw the change coming and developed a blue print for what a high quality teacher evaluation plan might look like.