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How do New York’s teacher evaluations work now?
Teachers are evaluated based on two components: students’ academic improvement and principals’ observation of their teaching.
Every district creates its own state-approved evaluation plan that spells out how they will measure student learning. In 2015, state policymakers temporarily banned the use of grades 3-8 math and English state tests in evaluations.
Teachers receive one score based on how much students improved academically, and another based on principals’ ratings. The combined scores are translated into one of four ratings, ranging from “highly effective” to “ineffective.”
What are the outcomes of the current system?
Nearly 97 percent of New York City teachers earned the top two ratings of either “effective” or “highly effective” in the 2016-17 school year, according to preliminary numbers presented by the city teachers union president at a meeting in October.
Why is the state looking to overhaul the system now?
The moratorium on the use of certain test scores in teacher evaluations expires after next school year, so the clock is ticking for state education officials to come up with a new system. They have said they hope to have a new system ready for the 2019-2020 school year.
Read the full article on New York's teacher evaluations by Monica Disare at Chalkbeat