The Bloomberg administration’s efforts to raise the bar for granting tenure status to teachers continued this year, with nearly half of the eligible teachers denied tenure. Many of them had the decision deferred for a year while others lost their jobs.
Now that the legislative battle over disclosure of teacher evaluation data is over, what does the future look like? Some of the coverage of Albany’s vote on the controversial bill, which would allow only parents to see the data related to their children’s teachers, speculated that a fair amount of chaos lies ahead.
UPDATED | In a deal reached in the final days of the session in Albany, legislators agreed to a system that will allow parents to see the evaluations of their children’s current teachers, but the public will be allowed to see only evaluation information with teachers’ names redacted.
Anna M. Phillips reports in The New York Times on Tuesday that legislators are increasingly open to the idea of allowing parents to see the evaluations of their child’s teacher, but not releasing those reports generally.
Reflecting on his first year as chancellor of the city’s schools, one marked by protests over school closings and the public release of teacher rankings, Dennis M. Walcott said that, in some ways, the tone of the citywide education debate has improved under his leadership.
Almost everybody who is interested in education can agree that accountability is a good thing. But many people are growing angry that testing used by many school systems is flawed or at best imprecise, a parent writes.
A majority of New York City voters — 58 to 38 percent — approve of the public release of ratings for thousands of public school teachers, even though a plurality of voters believe that the ratings are flawed, a new poll released early Wednesday has found.
The big debate in education now is how to determine who’s an effective teacher. New York City set off a controversy by ranking teachers based on their students’ performance on state exams. But city officials acknowledge test scores alone are no way to judge teacher quality. With that in mind, WNYC’s Beth Fertig visits a school that is trying out a system educators believe can be much more accurate.
The release of the data reports for 18,000 New York City public school teachers continues to reverberate, not just in the city but around the state and across the country. A number of new, thoughtful articles have appeared in journals and other publications in the last few days, most highly critical of the release of the teacher rankings and predicting dire consequences.
A Queens English teacher writes: “The feeling when your teacher data report arrives by e-mail is akin to going over the crest of a roller coaster, realizing you’ve lost your wallet, and stepping where the last stair ought to have been, all rolled into one nauseating package. It’s an event that you know may have drastic implications for your career, but you also know the result is as random as a scratch-off lottery ticket. “
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