So reports The Associated Press. Nevada was one of five states that prohibited student-achievement data from being used in teacher evaluations, thus blocking the state from being able to apply for a cut of the $4 billion in federal Race to the Top funds.
The state teachers’ union did manage to get language into the bill, however, stipulating that test scores can’t be the “sole criteria” for evaluating teachers. The caveat caused some consternation from Gov. Jim Gibbons and a handful of legislators.
But in fairness to the union, the Race to the Top guidelines do say that multiple measures must be taken into account in teacher evaluations.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.