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Very Few Teachers Receive Poor Job Ratings, and New Evaluations Haven’t Changed That

It has been seven years since the organization known as TNTP released a seminal study that showed that fewer than 1 percent of teachers were rated “unsatisfactory” on annual evaluations. The report accelerated a nationwide movement to overhaul teacher evaluations to more accurately reflect the range of teacher performance in U.S. classrooms.

So are the new evaluations — many of which incorporate test scores or other measures of student learning — any better at identifying poor teaching?