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Could you explain how to understand the phrase "where appropriate"? I know each word 'where' and 'appropriate,' but I cannot understand the meaning of the phrase combined with two word in this context.

"Evaluation by competent supervisors and peers, employing such approaches, should form the foundation of teacher evaluation systems, with a supplemental role played by multiple measures of student learning gains that, where appropriate, could include test scores."

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If you understand the meaning of both words, their combined definition should be reasonably apparent. Where appropriate means: at the times where it is correct or applicable to do so. In this case: if test scores are available, then they will be taken into account. – David M Mar 31 '14 at 3:59

It is saying that if it is appropriate to use test scores as part of the evaluation process, then it should be used, but it is not necessary.

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Thank you very much. I couldn't think of "where" as the meaning of "if." – user70500 Mar 31 '14 at 4:19
No worries! Glad it helped! – dayuloli Mar 31 '14 at 4:26

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