New York State law requires teachers to be evaluated each year. Until recently, teachers were rated “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” every year based on an observation and their professional conduct, and almost all teachers were rated “satisfactory.” In 2010, in keeping with a national trend, legislators revised the state law so that teachers will get one of four ratings and their students’ performance will factor into their final score. After a years-long tug of war with the teachers union about the specifics, the city adopted a teacher evaluation system that conforms to the new state law starting in the 2013-2014 school year. Proponents of the new evaluation system, who have included the teachers union, say it will help most teachers improve while allowing the very weakest to be ushered out of the system. Critics say the new evaluation system is yet another tool to demonize teachers. The first year of implementation, through the release of the first new ratings in the fall of 2014, will shed light on how right each side is. — January 2014
THE BOTTOM LINE FOR:
- 20 percent of teachers’ ratings come from state measures of student growth
- 20 percent comes from local measures of student growth
- 60 percent comes from subjective measures such as observations
- The first year the state produced growth scores, 8 percent of city teachers were rated “highly effective,” compared to 6 percent across the state
- 6 percent of teachers in the city or state were rated “ineffective,” compared to about 2 percent of teachers rated “unsatisfactory” under the old system
September 16, 2013
Across the city this year, thousands of teachers will be rated in large part based on test scores of subjects and students that they do not teach. The scenario represents how the original purpose of the new evaluation system, to differentiate teachers' effectiveness, has been squeezed by restrictive state laws, limited resources, and a tight timeline for implementation.
June 5, 2013
Even as the city has aggressively prepared principals and teachers for overhauled observations, which the law required, officials have barely mentioned Student Learning Objectives, a goal-setting tool that will count for 20 percent of most teachers' evaluations next year.
June 3, 2013
The teacher evaluation plan that State Education Commissioner John King set for the city over the weekend has prompted both city and union officials to claim victories. But a point-by-point analysis of some of the major areas of dispute shows that the truth is more complex than either side has proclaimed. We’ve rounded up some of […]
June 3, 2013
Over the past 48 hours since State Education Commissioner John King set a new teacher evaluation system for New York City, both sides in the dispute have sought to position themselves as winners. First out of the gate was the Bloomberg administration, which compiled a chart outlining its victories and boasted about publicly. But, as […]
January 16, 2013
Both the teachers union and the city have strong reasons to make a teacher evaluation deal — and strong reasons to let negotiations fail. And our analysis of the incentives at play at the bargaining table suggests that Department of Education officials and the mayor might not always see eye to eye on evaluations.
September 13, 2012
City teachers got better when they participated in a two-year teacher evaluation pilot program, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today. Of 300 teachers who were observed and given systematic feedback multiple times for consecutive years, the number with the lowest rating on a four-tiered evaluation system fell by half and the number with the highest rating […]