The state finally released 2012-2013 teacher evaluation data for individual districts and schools. We already knew by surveying districts that urban teachers fared much worse, but now we have proof.
In the Rochester City School District, only 2 percent of teachers were rated “highly effective,” while 40 percent were rated “ineffective” or developing.” Teachers found in need of improvement are monitored closely and could be subject to termination.
Meanwhile, in Pittsford, 62 percent of teachers were rated “highly effective.” Only 3 percent were rated “ineffective” or “developing.”
What’s going on here? Either you believe Pittsford has way better teachers than Rochester or the methodology is flawed. What’s the biggest difference between Pittsford and Rochester? Wealth.
The data shows the poorer the school, the fewer the “highly effective” teachers. At Rochester’s School #23 in the Park Ave. neighborhood, 27 percent of teachers are “highly effective.” At School #22 off Joseph Ave., no teachers were rated “highly effective.”
The Syracuse and Rochester teachers unions are suing the state over the teacher evaluation methodology, which they say harms teachers in poor schools. Test scores account for 40 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. (See this story about a nationally-certified teacher, mentor and college instructor who was rated “developing.”)
As you consider these numbers, remember the enormous amount of time and money districts spending to evaluate teachers under this system.
Click here to look up teacher evaluation data. Go to “districts” or “schools.” Make your selection and click on 2012-13 to see the data.
Links of the Day:
– There’s growing support in Buffalo to return to neighborhood schools.
– A Central New York congressional candidate had his gun stolen while he was a prosecutor. That gun was later used during a deadly robbery.
– If you live in Rochester or Buffalo, consider taking the train to the New York State Fair.
– Traffic is down, but wait times are up at Western New York border crossings to Canada.
– Heroin overdoses have spiked in New York City, with 420 people killed last year.
– University news departments are not held to same standards as traditional news outlets.
– Jon Stewart’s take on Ferguson, Fox News and white privilege is brilliant.