Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
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.