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D.C. Teachers Will Not Be Assessed on How Many Students They Pass

D.C. teachers’ annual assessments will not take into account how many students pass their classes this academic year, the school system said in an email to educators this week.

The announcement comes a month after a citywide investigation uncovered a culture where D.C. Public Schools teachers said they felt compelled to pass undeserving students to meet lofty graduation rate goals and keep their jobs.

A small portion of some teachers’ annual assessments hinged on whether enough students passed their classes.