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By Jennifer Sciortino | February 21st, 2014 - 3:53pm
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Burzichelli Proposes Incorporating Parental Involvement as a Factor in New Teacher Evaluations

(TRENTON) - ssemblyman John Burzichelli has introduced legislation to incorporate the critical factor of parental involvement into the new teacher evaluations established under the state's recently enacted tenure reform law.

Burzichelli noted that under the "Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act" that went into effect in 2012, commonly referred to as tenure reform, a teacher is evaluated based on multiple measures, however, parental involvement is not one of them.

"Parents certainly play an important role in raising student performance and closing educational achievement gaps, but currently the degree of parental support is not a factor in measuring student achievement for the purposes of a teacher's evaluation," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/ Salem). "This bill incorporates a fairer and more balanced approach to teacher evaluations by recognizing that a student's success does not rest solely on the shoulders of a teacher and that parental involvement has long been a key factor in a child's outcome."

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