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Rise & Shine: New evaluations will require new assessments

The big news:

  • The city has a new evaluation plan. (GothamSchoolsWSJ, Times, Post, Daily News, NY1, SchoolBook)
  • The new evaluation systems will require annual assessments in all subjects, even art and P.E. (Times)
  • The Bloomberg administration is citing the state-imposed plans as a triumph. (GothamSchools 1, 2)
  • Union chiefs also said, at least at first, that they were happy with what the state set. (GothamSchools)
  • But the plan could be rolled back or revised as soon as a new mayor takes office in seven months. (WSJ)
  • Other districts that got new evaluation systems earlier say the experience has been frustrating. (WSJ)
  • Only some elements of the new plan were a surprise, as others were set in law. (GothamSchools, Post)
  • The Post says the UFT is the big loser, with many of its requests turned down by state ed chief John King.
  • The head of Educators 4 Excellence in New York says there’s lots to praise in the new systems. (Post)
  • The Post also says finding out if the plans work will take a while, but charter schools can help until then.
  • In Colorado, some schools are under scrutiny after they gave out lots of strong evaluations. (Denver Post)

In other news:

  • Nine in 10 city school buildings have at least one outstanding building code violation. (Daily News)
  • The principals of I.S. 313 and I.S. 339 in the Bronx quashed a student-led anti-bullying group. (DNA Info)
  • Singer Billy Joel visited Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts as a surprise guest on Thursday. (AP)
  • Parents say the ex-principal of P.S. 194, where a student was assaulted, was irresponsible. (Daily News)
  • The city will spend about $170,000 per student on a new elementary school building in Chelsea. (Post)
  • M.S. 74 in Queens came together as a community around spelling-bee champ Arvind Mahankali. (WSJ)
  • Hazel Dukes of the local NAACP is among the opponents of abolishing zones in District 5. (Daily News)
  • The Daily News plans to launch awards for educators because so often stories about them are negative.
  • Some Staten Island schools could get local “slow zones” aimed at boosting traffic safety. (S.I. Advance)
  • Illinois legislators are considering doing away with special education class size rules. (Chicago Tribune)