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The Boston Globe

Special Reports

Dec. 22, 2010

Hub union is urged to accept use of MCAS scores in teacher rating

School leader lauds decision of state association

The Boston Teachers Union should join other educators throughout Massachusetts and endorse plans to use student test scores to help determine teacher effectiveness, Superintendent Carol Johnson told union leaders yesterday.

In a letter to the Boston union, Johnson praised the decision by the Massachusetts Teachers Association to tackle one of the most divisive issues in today’s education-reform debate. The suggestion by the state’s largest union to include MCAS scores in teacher evaluations validates what the School Department said during contract negotiations that began last spring, she said.

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