Las Vegas Sun

December 7, 2016

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Letter to the editor:

Achievement mandate puts teachers in bind

Regarding the Las Vegas Sun’s Tuesday editorial “Keeping good teachers — Looming pay cuts and teaching to the test make classroom life more daunting.”

As a teacher, I would like to emphasize a point that was missed in the editorial: Nevada teachers, due to bill passage during this past legislative session, will, in the future, be evaluated 50 percent on “student achievement.” The details have yet to be released on what, exactly, that means.

However, considering that because teachers cannot force children to do homework, have no control over students’ natural aptitudes and cannot control the level at which students come into their classes — many are well behind in their skills — the future is beyond daunting; it’s Kafkaesque.

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