— In grades four through eight, where students take a state test, evaluations are based 55 percent on classroom observation, 30 percent on student performance on state tests and 15 percent other student growth objective.

— In grades where students do not take a state test, evaluations are based 85 percent on classroom evaluations and 15 percent on student growth objectives.

— All teachers get three annual evaluations of differing lengths, depending on years of service. At least one must be unannounced.

— Teachers can be ranked highly effective, effective, partially effective or ineffective. Teachers who are rated ineffective or partially effective will get four observations the following year as part of their corrective action plan.

— New teachers, principals, assistant principals or vice-principals hired after Aug. 6, 2012, must be employed for four years and receive a rating of effective or highly effective in two of three evaluations in order to earn tenure. Tenured educators who fail to achieve a rating of effective or highly effective over multiple consecutive years will be in jeopardy of losing their tenure.

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