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FOR THE BIRDS, AND MOSTLY THE CHILDREN TOO

The Temperature – Teacher Evaluation

Teachers would be measured on a 100-point scale, with 20 percent points based on how much students improve on the standardized state exams. Another 20 percent would be based on local tests, which would have to be developed by each school system. After two years, 25 percent would be based on the state exams and 15 percent would come from the local tests.

The remainder of the evaluation will come from observations from principals and other teachers, and other measures. If teachers are rated ineffective for two consecutive years, they would face firing through an expedited hearing process that must conclude within 60 days. Currently hearings can drag on for several months.

NY did not win in round 1 of RTTT. Next deadline is June 1 so this new NY state education – union agreement comes just in time. No immediate impact on pay, but teachers will be categorized as highly effective, effective, developing and ineffective each year instead of the current system of satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

They’re not totally clear, home free yet.

1. Changes have to move past state legislature within the next 10 days to make it into RTTT.
2. Union member backlash is very likely given this high-layoff atmosphere.
3. Lawmakers are likely to back union members
4. Testing data would be used for only a fraction of the teachers in the state, because many teachers instruct in subjects or grades that do not have an annual exam. Mr. Steiner and Ms. Tisch have criticized the state exams, saying they may have become too easy and predictable in the last several years. But Mr. Steiner said that they were “not useless,” and that the department was taking steps to improve them, including changes this year that broadened the material covered by the tests.

And meanwhile, NYC(ity) would like to give even more weight to student test scores. They’ll have to try to win those changes during contract negotiations with the union, which are at an impasse.

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Filed under: Collective Bargaining, EDUCATION

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