Christie: Overhaul teacher evaluation methods

Gov.  Chris Christie outlined a package of proposed education reforms, including a makeover of how teachers are evaluated.

Long an advocate of eliminating the current tenure system, Christie wants annual teacher evaluations, basing 50 percent of the evaluation on direct measures such as test scores, and providing struggling teachers an opportunity to improve their performance.

In addition, he proposed doing away with seniority when layoffs occur so that for example an effective third-year teacher would not be laid off while an ineffective 10-year teacher keeps their job.

Further, he wants to abandon salary schedules based on seniority.

Christie: Overhaul teacher evaluation methods