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July 10, 2015

Online database with N.J. teacher performance ratings to be released

New Jersey's Department of Education will publish for the first time a database with a collection of teacher evaluation results for each school across the state, reports.

The data, which will be released next week, will allow parents to see how many teachers in a school received each of the four possible ratings. It will not include performance ratings for specific teachers, the state said.

The database will help provide transparency about the state's findings from the first year of its new teacher evaluation system, according to Peter Shulman, chief talent officer for the Department of Education.

"We are not going to jump to any conclusions off the first year," he told the state Board of Education on Wednesday. 

The new evaluation system, mandated by state legislation, requires more observation from supervisors and uses student performance data to grade teachers. It places teachers into four different categories: highly effective, effective, partially effective and ineffective.

The state announced in June that more than 97 percent of New Jersey teachers received positive scores for 2013-14.

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