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Another delay pushed for controversial teacher evaluation

The state education board is being urged to delay the use of a teacher evaluation system. (Source: Bese.louisiana.gov) The state education board is being urged to delay the use of a teacher evaluation system. (Source: Bese.louisiana.gov)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state education board is being urged to delay the use of a teacher evaluation system tied to student performance data for another year.

A study group set up by state lawmakers to look at the divisive evaluation method voted Tuesday on its recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and to state lawmakers.

At issue is a 2010 law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that requires some public school teachers to be graded on student test scores, with half the teacher's review tied to the growth in student achievement on standardized tests.

The law has generated controversy and complaints - and BESE stalled that evaluation requirement last year and this year while the state switched over to new standardized testing.

The study group suggested another yearlong delay.

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