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Standard 7 Raises the Bar for Teacher Evaluations

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Lynchburg, VA - The state has raised the bar for student achievement and teacher evaluation. It's called Standard 7.

Lynchburg school staff takes Standard Seven to the school board. It states teachers must set acceptable, measurable and appropriate goals for student success.

That means testing a student's progress throughout the year in a quantitative way. It also connects student success and failure with the teacher's.

Student progress matters heavily when the teacher gets his or her own evaluation.

In fact, it's 40 % of a teacher's evaluation.

"I think the dream would be for us to be able to quantify, measure, student academic growth and student academic performance. So, it's all about what students are able to achieve in the classroom," said Al Coleman, assistant superintendent.

Standard 7 has already started this year in all Virginia public schools. It's one promise Virginia made to the federal government when No Child Left Behind got waived in the commonwealth.

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