Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
NYC Leaving Teacher Data Reports to the State
Friday, September 16, 2011
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.