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Just Over Half of Eligible Teachers Receive Tenure

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Bloomberg administration's efforts to raise the bar for granting tenure status to teachers continued this year, with nearly half of the eligible teachers denied tenure. Many of them had the decision deferred for a year while others lost their jobs.

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Now That a Disclosure Bill Is Passed, What's Next?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Now that the legislative battle over disclosure of teacher evaluation data is over, what does the future look like? Some of the coverage of Albany's vote on the controversial bill, which would allow only parents to see the data related to their children's teachers, speculated that a fair amount of chaos lies ahead.

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Albany Deal: Teacher Evaluations Will Be Public Only to Parents

Thursday, June 21, 2012

UPDATED | In a deal reached in the final days of the session in Albany, legislators agreed to a system that will allow parents to see the evaluations of their children's current teachers, but the public will be allowed to see only evaluation information with teachers' names redacted.

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Albany Considering Limiting Release of Teacher Reports

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anna M. Phillips reports in The New York Times on Tuesday that legislators are increasingly open to the idea of allowing parents to see the evaluations of their child's teacher, but not releasing those reports generally.

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At One-Year Mark, Walcott Sees Improvement in Education Debate's Tone

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Reflecting on his first year as chancellor of the city's schools, one marked by protests over school closings and the public release of teacher rankings, Dennis M. Walcott said that, in some ways, the tone of the citywide education debate has improved under his leadership.

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Test Results You Can't Rely On

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Almost everybody who is interested in education can agree that accountability is a good thing. But many people are growing angry that testing used by many school systems is flawed or at best imprecise, a parent writes.

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Poll Finds Most City Voters Support Release of Teacher Ratings

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A majority of New York City voters -- 58 to 38 percent -- approve of the public release of ratings for thousands of public school teachers, even though a plurality of voters believe that the ratings are flawed, a new poll released early Wednesday has found.

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Test Driving a Pilot Teacher Evaluation System

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The big debate in education now is how to determine who’s an effective teacher. New York City set off a controversy by ranking teachers based on their students’ performance on state exams. But city officials acknowledge test scores alone are no way to judge teacher quality. With that in mind, WNYC’s Beth Fertig visits a school that is trying out a system educators believe can be much more accurate.

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Fallout Continues Over Teacher Rankings

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The release of the data reports for 18,000 New York City public school teachers continues to reverberate, not just in the city but around the state and across the country. A number of new, thoughtful articles have appeared in journals and other publications in the last few days, most highly critical of the release of the teacher rankings and predicting dire consequences.

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Charting the Stages of Teacher Data Report Grief

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: "The feeling when your teacher data report arrives by e-mail is akin to going over the crest of a roller coaster, realizing you’ve lost your wallet, and stepping where the last stair ought to have been, all rolled into one nauseating package. It’s an event that you know may have drastic implications for your career, but you also know the result is as random as a scratch-off lottery ticket. "

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Teachers Find Errors in Data Reports, but Record Will Remain

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Teachers have found many errors in their data reports, and city education officials acknowledge that the rankings are imprecise. Still, the records will probably remain as they were reported a week ago, as a permanent assessment of teacher performance.

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A Parent Says: Enough of the Blame Game With Teachers

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The teacher data reports have been released. Now what? A parent at Public School 321 in Park Slope says that for starters, "we must stop these attacks on our teachers. It is no way to treat one another and it is no way to improve education.''

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Black History Archival Photos, and Charter School Teachers in the Spotlight

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black History Month is coming to a close and 217 charter school teachers get their turn under the microscope as their rankings are made public.

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Performance Ratings for Charter School Teachers Are Made Public

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The city fulfilled a court order on Tuesday to make teacher evaluation data public by releasing its last batch of performance ratings, this time for 217 city school teachers and 50 special education teachers. The city has warned about using the ratings to draw conclusions about individual teachers. The ratings are grouped by school on SchoolBook.

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Applying a Precise Label to a Rough Number

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In his On Education column, Michael Winerip takes a look behind the numbers on the teacher data reports that were released by the city last week, and finds them lacking. But, he says, at least "people have been forced to stop and think how it would feel to be summed up as 47, and then have the whole world told."

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Parents Have Mixed Views on Teacher Rankings

Monday, February 27, 2012

As students and teachers returned to school on Monday after the publication of 18,000 teachers' performance rankings, many parents said they were looking at their children's teachers' reports and giving them serious thought. Yet there was an equal measure of skepticism from parents who doubted that test scores bore any relationship to classroom competence.

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Mulgrew Says Mayor's Education Legacy Is 'in Shambles'

Monday, February 27, 2012

UPDATED | After a weekend of outrage and anger among his members, the president of the teachers' union, Michael Mulgrew, greeted teachers returning to school in Brooklyn on Monday and sounded a note of defiance in the union's approach to the education policies of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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After a Tumultuous Week, It's Back to School

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week was February break for city schools, but it was hard to tell, given the tumult of public school-related news. Not only was an audit released by the city pointing to serious problems tied to credits and exams at nine high schools, but the city also finally made public its rankings of individual teachers after a long legal battle.

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The Teacher Data Reports on SchoolBook: An Explanation

Friday, February 24, 2012

SchoolBook has published the teacher data reports using a new tool that was created by interactive journalists at The New York Times and WNYC. The goal of the tool: to make the data easier to understand and put the rankings into context. Read our explanation.

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An Audio Report on the Who, What and Why of Teacher Ratings

Friday, February 24, 2012

WNYC asks its own Beth Fertig and Rob Gebeloff of The New York Times to analyze the teacher data reports and the impact of their release on "All Things Considered." They offer a thoughtful but concise summary. Take a listen.

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