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Investing in teachers

MCPS adopted a rigorous system of peer evaluation and provides personalized help to struggling teachers. The district’s Peer Assistance and Review Program is run by a joint panel of teachers (recommended by the teachers' union) and principals (recommended by the county’s association for principals). Supports are in place to help new teachers and experienced-but-underperforming teachers, but if those teachers don’t improve enough during a set probationary period, they are let go or choose to leave. The teachers' union works with the school district on this peer evaluation system because it provides teachers with ample opportunities for support and improvement.

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