Education board: Letter grades won't work for teachers

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State education board members want to assure teachers they won't implement the Education Department's proposal to give teachers letter grades.

Board Chairman Dennis Thompson said Wednesday evaluating educators on an A to F scale is not going to work. The governor's appointee, bank president Michael Brenan, says the concept needs to go. He says businesses would never evaluate employees that way.

The comments followed a presentation by the state Association of School Administrators, which offers an alternative to the state's plan for evaluating teachers and principals.

Superintendent Mick Zais says he's still exploring evaluation possibilities.

Evaluating educators based on performance is a required part of the state's exemption from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The evaluation system is set to start statewide in 2014-15.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.