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Gorman: CMS Needs To Communicate Teacher Pay Plan Better

Superintendent Peter Gorman says CMS needs to do a better job of explaining a plan to tie teacher pay to test results. Last night, a couple hundred parents and teachers protested a new round of tests meant to measure teacher effectiveness. Several school board members voiced their support for Gorman's "pay for performance" plan, but said the district has dropped the ball by not making clear how the program would work. Gorman says he agrees the district needs to communicate better. "We'll do more public outreach," says Gorman. "We'll probably have to do more with direct emails to employees. We'll probably have to do more to push people to get involved with the focus groups." Gorman says other factors besides test results will be used in measuring teacher effectiveness, but he's had a hard time explaining that because details are still being designed by a group of teachers and administrators. Gorman hopes to use tests administered this year as a benchmark. Teacher pay won't be tied to test scores until 2014.