The New Jersey Board of Education on Wednesday voted to approve a proposal to reduce the weight of standardized tests in teacher evaluations. Under the plan, tests would count for 30% -- instead of 35% -- of the evaluations, while the weight of teacher observations would increase from 50% to 55%, with other measures making up the last 15%. The proposed change comes after teachers and others expressed opposition to the use of students' scores in evaluations. "We are listening, we're continuing to listen," Assistant Education Commissioner Pete Shulman said.

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