End-Game Remains on N.Y. State Teacher Evaluations
Although the grand bargain on teacher evaluations in New York state has saved—for now—the state's $700 million federal Race to the Top award, the long-term picture for carrying out the evaluation deal has a lot more fine print involved.
The agreement last month between the state education department and the state teachers' union is only a starting point for the local union representatives and district officials who have to negotiate their own deals and present them to state Commissioner of Education John B. King for final approval by Jan. 17 of next year. Several obstacles remain.
Casting a shadow on that entire process is the release by the New York City school district of its teacher-data reports rating the individual performance—based wholly on student-achievement data—of thousands of...
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