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New Jersey seeks to change the current teacher tenure procedure

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011 15:56 PM

Some states are searching for methods to make teachers more accountable for educating today's youth. As a result, many are exploring the idea of a pay for performance approach that would reward teachers for how their students grade on standardized tests.

However, in New Jersey's case, Governor Chris Christie has called for reform that would change that state's teacher tenure procedures, NBC New York reports.

The plan will evaluate teachers on both classroom performance and student achievement. The proposal states that if a teacher is graded "highly inefficient" for two consecutive years, he or she would be placed on probation. Furthermore, if improvement is not achieved during the third year the educator will automatically be fired.

"I know [Gov. Christie] said half and half," Lisa Rafoa, who has been teaching 12 years, told the news source, "but I know test scores always seem to be a big part of the basis."

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the public school system employed nearly 3.3 million teachers during the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.