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Union President: Teacher Pay Should Be Based On Observation, Practice

BOSTON — The controversial idea of tying teacher promotions to student test scores has won the support of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the state’s largest teachers union.

“What we’re proposing is that it would still be observation and teacher practice-based,” said MTA President Paul Toner during Tuesday’s Morning Edition. “So you would still see traditional observation of new teachers or teachers who are struggling, and we would be asking for those teachers to provide evidence and artifacts of their teaching practice, like lesson plans, unit plans, student portfolio work, teacher portfolio work, self assessments of their work.

“Although we are suggesting that we are accepting of three-year growth trends of MCAS [tests] as one of multiple measures, the big news story is that we’re saying, ‘Yes, we should be using evidence of students’ learning –multiple measures of that student learning — as part of the teacher evaluation system,’ ” Toner said.

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