– The state and teachers agreed on a new teacher evaluation system. It will be implemented in every district in the state.
Teachers will be rated on a score of 1 to 100 and will fall into four categories: ineffective, developing, effective and highly effective.
- Twenty percent of a teacher’s rating will be on student scores on state tests.
- Twenty percent will be on tests of their district’s choosing.
- Sixty percent will be based on classroom observations and other criteria developed by each district, but the state must approve the plans.
Districts can grade teachers on a curve, something that might be useful in high-needs districts. But the state must approve the curve or districts risk losing aid. If a student shows progress, but the scores are low, a teacher’s rating may not be negatively affected.
I’m eager to see how this works in urban districts. I can see how this will be useful, but I can also see how it could be used punitively or backfire. A parent activist group in New York City asks some critical questions and points out flaws in the system.
This deal came on the dame day a New York Times columnist hailed a teacher evaluation system in New Haven that got rid of 2 percent of teachers. All this hullabaloo to get rid of 2 percent of teachers? Let’s say those teachers needed to go. Now what?
– Monroe Community College isn’t the only community college in Western New York embroiled in a fight over where to expand. Erie County wants to build on its suburban campus, but others are pushing for a downtown location.
– More doctors are “firing” families who refuse to get their kids vaccinated.
– It might not be a good idea to put prison inmates in charge of decals for cop cars.