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Teacher evaluation program gets good marks from four schools

NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - Public school officials in east central Wisconsin said they were generally happy with a test program that evaluates teachers in part by how their students achieve.

Schools in Neenah, Green Lake, Ripon, and Winneconne are among those testing an evaluation system that will be required in all Wisconsin schools by the fall of 2014.

The pilot program was set up the Cooperative Educational Service Agency in Oshkosh, which provides services to dozens of local schools in eastern Wisconsin.

Green Lake district administrator Ken Bates says teachers are more involved, because they participate in setting the goals they hope to achieve. The evaluations look at how teachers are meeting those goals.

Winneconne administrator Peggy Larson said teachers were anxious about the program at first – but many now call it a good learning experience.

The state’s teacher evaluation system was created in part to get a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act – which local school leaders said was too rigid with the standards that schools were required to meet.