After delays and much drama, New York City officially has a new evaluation system in place for teachers and principals. It replaces a more simplistic system that’s been the model since the 1930s, and incorporates the controversial element of student test scores.
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To avoid losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education money, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott released details on how the city will prepare teachers and school leaders for a new evaluation system in time for the 2013-14 school year.
If the Bloomberg administration and teachers’ union do not come to an agreement soon on teacher evaluations, the state is prepared to step in and impose a plan. “This is truly an extraordinary circumstance,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Despite the public exchange of barbs and insults, the Bloomberg administration and teachers’ and principals’ unions said they are planning to meet this week to talk about teacher evaluations. One key issue on the table: how to provide meaningful training to principals and teachers in time to implement a new system by September.
State officials keep adding more money to the pile meant to push New York City and the United Federation of Teachers into an agreement on teacher evaluations. On Tuesday, the financial incentive came from the governor, who again proposed an increase in state education aid — but only for districts with evaluation agreements in place by September.
A day after New York City and its teachers union failed to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system, State Education Commissioner John King said the two sides are still legally obligated to continue negotiations. He’s nudging the Bloomberg administration and teachers’ union back into talks by threatening to withhold more aid from New York City.
The failure of the city and the teachers’ union to reach a deal Thursday on a teacher evaluation plan drew criticism from stakeholders and observers nearly across the ideological and political spectrum.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s deadline for a teacher evaluation deal in two weeks is a “hard deadline,” squashing any hopes for a state extension if the city and the teachers union can’t reach an agreement.
Critics beat the drums against any kind of value-added metric in a final deal on teacher evaluations despite an assumption by both department officials and union leaders that some percentage of a teacher’s performance review will be based on student test scores and other measurements.
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