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Douglas County Considers Teacher Performance Pay

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – The Douglas County School District is considering asking voters for a tax hike to provide performance pay for teachers.

District spokesman Randy Barber says the plan would rate teachers based on teaching skills that students need in the new high-tech workforce. Ratings would also be based on student performance on statewide tests and principal evaluations.

The Denver Post says evaluations also would include teacher ratings by parents and students. Teachers with top scores would get the largest raises.

Teachers union president Brenda Smith says the district and the union are still working out how teachers are going to be evaluated and compensated.

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