Bipartisan Panel Studying Education Law Calls for Stepped-up

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WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to the No Child Left Behind law, a private bipartisan panel says teacher performance should be part of the equation.

The commission has issued 75 recommendations meant to guide Congress in updating the five-year-old law this year.

Among the recommendations: Requiring schools to measure teacher performance by looking at the progress made by a teacher's students over a three-year period.

Under the panel's recommendation, teachers could be forced out of schools if they fail to improve.

The law currently does not measure the effectiveness of individual teachers. It does require teachers to be certified, and to have a bachelor's degree and a demonstrated knowledge of their subjects.

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