After years of contentious debate and delay, New York City finally has a new teacher-evaluation plan that state officials say will help weed out the worst teachers.
“The challenge is to bring the best teaching practices to every classroom in New York City. Today, we’ve moved a little closer to that goal,” state Education Commissioner John King said yesterday.
“The plan gives principals the tools they need to improve instruction in their schools. It will help struggling teachers and principals get better and help good teachers and principals become great.”
That certainly sounds like a noble effort and laudable goal to me
Teachers will be classified in one of four categories — “highly effective,” “effective,” “developing,” or “ineffective” — and an “ineffective” rating two years in a row is grounds for termination.
What is being measured?
■ 40 percent of a teacher’s grade will be based on their students’ performance,
-----20 percent will be based on state exams in math and English in grades 4-8 for some teachers. They will be judged based on how much their students improve compared to similar students around the state.
For teachers who do not administer those
exams, their student growth will be measured based on “Student Learning Objectives,” in which teachers and principals set annual goals for each student.
---- Another 20 percent of a teacher’s rating will be determined by other “school-based measures” — primarily tests — set by an eight-member school committee. The principal will select four panel members, and the UFT will pick the other four.
■ 60 percent of a teacher’s grade will come from in-class observations by principals, with at
least one unannounced visit.
There is one twist in 2014
But in the 2014-15 school year, principal observations will account for 55 percent, and 5 percent will be based on student surveys.
Sounds fair to me, what do you think?