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High-performing D.C. teachers to get faster raises

Wednesday - 9/5/2012, 9:11am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says high- performing teachers in low-income schools will be able to accelerate through the pay scale faster under a new initiative.

The Washington Post reports that Henderson announced the new "career ladder" system Tuesday. It's meant to reward teachers for their performance in the classroom and entice strong educators to the city.

Climbing the ladder requires earning "effective" and "highly effective" ratings on annual evaluations. The city's approximately 4,000 teachers have been placed on the ladder based on their evaluations over the past three years.

The largest increases are reserved for teachers in schools where more than 60 percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

Critics still question whether evaluations based on test scores are a fair way to judge teaching.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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