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About 3 percent of teachers in Md. rated ineffective
About 3 percent of teachers in Md. rated ineffective

The number of Maryland public school teachers who were rated ineffective in the classroom last year tripled to more than 1,200 out of a workforce of 43,800, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. Under a new evaluation system that uses student achievement to help identify struggling teachers, about 56 percent of teachers were found to be effective and 41 percent were highly effective. Three percent were ineffective. State school officials cautioned that more analysis is needed to determine how valid the data will be in helping to improve instruction. "This is a first-time effort. We are learning," said Dave Volrath, planning and...

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