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Racine tests new state teacher evaluation system

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A Racine elementary school will test the state's new teacher evaluation system this fall.

The new method evaluates public school teachers based on classroom observations and student outcomes, including test scores. The state Department of Public Instruction expects to have the system fully in place by the 2014-2015 school year.

The principal of Julian Thomas Elementary School and three teachers will participate in the pilot this fall. Other schools in Wisconsin are also testing the program. The Journal Times says the state will use their feedback in rolling out the new system. Under the current Racine Unified teachers' contract, teacher evaluations are based only on classroom observations by principals or assistant principals.

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