Guided by a belief that everyone can improve, Somerville school leaders imposed a harsh “needs improvement” rating on scores of teachers last year, a near-failing grade that placed them on a potential path to termination.
It was a highly unusual assessment for a public school district, coming at a time when teachers nationwide routinely receive high ratings. An uproar erupted. Many Somerville teachers felt embarrassed and confused about their lackluster ratings, just one grade above unsatisfactory. The union filed a grievance.
Now, in an unprecedented move, Somerville school officials have apologized, acknowledging they mishandled the state-mandated evaluations. Officials will be purging all related documents from the personnel files of its nearly 500 teachers, according to the settlement agreement obtained by the Globe. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.