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[Susan notes: This letter offers a way to evaluate teachers running counter to NCLB rules.]

Published in New York Times
06/29/2003

To the editor



The regulations governing teachers through the "No Child Left Behind" law have the goal of improving teacher preparation. But the consequences of this law are to drive rural teachers from the profession (front page, June 23).



Why don't we employ the standards that are used in schools that President Bush and other high-level officials attended? Choate, Andover, Dalton and Fieldston have splendid teachers who entered the teaching profession without laborious testing and certification procedures.



Why don't we broaden teacher evaluation to include measures used in these prestigious institutions? They rely on teachers' transcripts, experience, performance and the trust of their own judgments. By loosening the constraints of narrow evaluative measures, we would invite talented people into our field who have been put off by the laborious constraints of entering it.

Judith B. MacDonald


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