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SC officials present teacher evaluation plans

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Students in an Upstate classroom. (File/FOX Carolina) Students in an Upstate classroom. (File/FOX Carolina)

State education officials are stressing that a statewide evaluation system for teachers and principals is still years away.

Roughly 400 educators filled a Columbia middle school Monday for the last in a series of public meetings on Superintendent Mick Zais' proposal. Plans are being preliminarily tested in 22 schools this year for data collection.

Evaluating educators based on performance is a required part of the state's exemption from the all-or-nothing provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Education Department approved South Carolina's application in July.

But educators worry how they'll be judged.

Teachers also don't like the idea of getting letter grades. State Board of Education leaders say they have no intention of approving letter grades for the evaluation system set to start statewide in 2014.

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