Albany, NY – NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now issued the following statement regarding a teacher evaluation deal struck by state officials and union leaders.
“Today’s compromise is a win for New York students and teachers,” said NYCAN Executive Director Christina Grant. “By clearing the path to implement a trusted evaluation system for teachers, the state of New York took a big step forward in tackling its enormous achievement gap. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deserves praise for setting this process in motion, as do New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi for putting kids first.”
Evaluations will now include a strong combination of student test data and multiple observations that gives struggling teachers the chance to improve, Grant said.
The deal also requires the education commissioner to approve local evaluation plans, ensuring that school districts hold teachers to rigorous standards.
Districts must adopt the new evaluations by January 2013.
In January, NYCAN published research on New York teacher evaluations. It included:
The Problem: Dismal student achievement results. The Law: What the state’s teacher evaluation law requires. The Money: A review of the money at stake. The Solution: A framework for creating an effective evaluation system.
About NYCAN: Launched in January 2012, NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now, pronounced nye-can, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit education reform advocacy organization building a movement of New Yorkers with the political will to enact smart public policies so that every New York child has access to a great public school.
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