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NYC Leaving Teacher Data Reports to the State

Friday, September 16, 2011

education, classroom, school, school supplies, class, teachers, students (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The city will no longer produce its controversial teacher data reports, based on student test scores. Instead, New York State will be producing that information.

Starting next summer, the state will produce effectiveness ratings for teachers by comparing their students' test scores statewide.

The reports will make up 20 percent of a teachers' overall evaluation, with the rest determined by classroom observations and locally designed exams.

But the state teachers union objects to relying so heavily on test scores and filed a lawsuit.

Assuming the rating system does go into effect, it will be very similar to one New York City has been producing for elementary and middle school teachers, only with a different vendor. The city's teachers union claimed they had high margins of error and sued to prevent them from being released to the media.

That case is still in court.

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