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N.Y. Gov. Calls for Probe of Teacher Evaluations
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state education department should investigate the results of teacher evaluations to see whether the process is skewed to favor teachers.
The administration sent a letter to acting Commissioner of Education Elizabeth Berlin last week, following a Newsday report that said the portion of teacher evaluations that is controlled by districts is weighted in most Long Island districts toward ensuring that teachers score high enough to get favorable evaluations.
The New York State United Teachers responded with a statement saying that each district's teacher-evaluation plan was approved by the education department. The union accused Mr. Cuomo of scapegoating teachers for a state-directed process.
Vol. 34, Issue 23, Page 5Published in Print: March 4, 2015, as N.Y. Gov. Calls for Probe Of Teacher Evaluations