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Opinion: I Teach Music. Why am I Judged on English Test Scores?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A New York City music teacher proposes a better way to evaluate her and other colleagues who are not teaching subjects covered by state tests.
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Teachers Union Fires First Shot in Battle Over Charter School Cap

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Union leaders say charter schools shouldn't be rewarded by Albany lawmakers until they accept more of the most difficult to teach students. 
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Most NYC Teachers Get High Ratings in New Evaluation System

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Despite the controversy over the new teacher evaluation system, it did not result in many more city teachers getting bad marks. It's more nuanced than that.
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Tentative Agreement Reached on Changes to Teacher Evaluation System

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If test scores alone lead to a poor rating, teachers could get a temporary pass. Plus, school overcrowding in New York City gets some help from lawmakers.

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What it Really Takes to Evaluate an NYC Teacher

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How do you judge whether a teacher is doing a good job? City principals are now following the state's new formula, which puts a lot of weight on classroom observations plus student test scores. Watching one evaluation in action, we saw just how complicated it can be.

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State Measures Positive Growth for Teachers, Even With New Tests

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the city released the growth scores after getting them from the state.

Even though fewer than 30 percent of the city's elementary and middle school students were proficient on their state math and reading tests, state data indicate that 89 percent of city teachers would have received good ratings if student growth alone was a factor in their evaluations.

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Principals Carry Weight of New Evaluation System

Friday, July 19, 2013

Among the many duties of already overloaded school principals, who say they feel pressure to show results to a data-driven Department of Education, is the implementation of a complex teacher evaluation system coming to all the New York City schools this fall.

"They keep changing the music and we keep dancing," said Brian DeVale, principal of P.S. 257 John F. Hylan in Brooklyn.

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Training Kicks Off on Teacher Evals

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Teachers: Meet your new evaluation system. And it has a new name, "Advance." Thousands of teachers and administrators will spend time this summer in full-day training sessions getting better-acquainted with the new system. The trainings officially launched on Thursday.

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Teacher Evaluation Plan Garners Praise

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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After delays and much drama, New York City officially has a new evaluation system in place for teachers and principals. It replaces a more simplistic system that's been the model since the 1930s, and incorporates the controversial element of student test scores.

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Principals: Test Scores Should Play Small Part in Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ICYMI: Three principals joined WNYC's Brian Lehrer for a wide-ranging conversation about how they managed their schools and how big changes like Common Core and teacher evaluations affected them. Take a listen and share your thoughts.

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DOE Outlines Evaluation Training Plan

Monday, February 11, 2013

To avoid losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education money, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott released details on how the city will prepare teachers and school leaders for a new evaluation system in time for the 2013-14 school year.

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Cuomo: Resolve Evaluation Impasse, Or State Will Take Over

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If the Bloomberg administration and teachers' union do not come to an agreement soon on teacher evaluations, the state is prepared to step in and impose a plan. "This is truly an extraordinary circumstance," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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D.O.E. and Unions to Resume Eval Talks

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Despite the public exchange of barbs and insults, the Bloomberg administration and teachers' and principals' unions said they are planning to meet this week to talk about teacher evaluations. One key issue on the table: how to provide meaningful training to principals and teachers in time to implement a new system by September.

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Cuomo Threatens to Withhold More School Funding

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State officials keep adding more money to the pile meant to push New York City and the United Federation of Teachers into an agreement on teacher evaluations. On Tuesday, the financial incentive came from the governor, who again proposed an increase in state education aid -- but only for districts with evaluation agreements in place by September.

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With No Teacher Deal, State Threatens to Withhold More Money

Friday, January 18, 2013

A day after New York City and its teachers union failed to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system, State Education Commissioner John King said the two sides are still legally obligated to continue negotiations. He's nudging the Bloomberg administration and teachers' union back into talks by threatening to withhold more aid from New York City.

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Failed Evaluation Talks Widely Denounced

Friday, January 18, 2013

The failure of the city and the teachers' union to reach a deal Thursday on a teacher evaluation plan drew criticism from stakeholders and observers nearly across the ideological and political spectrum.

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Cuomo Warns Teacher Eval Deadline is Real

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's deadline for a teacher evaluation deal in two weeks is a "hard deadline," squashing any hopes for a state extension if the city and the teachers union can't reach an agreement.

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No Value in Value Added

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Critics beat the drums against any kind of value-added metric in a final deal on teacher evaluations despite an assumption by both department officials and union leaders that some percentage of a teacher's performance review will be based on student test scores and other measurements.

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Reformers Could Use a History Lesson

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Two professors argue that present-day reformers could avoid making past mistakes if only they studied the history of school reform.

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City Teachers Deserve Decent Evaluation System Now

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A former teacher argues for a "comprehensive" evaluation system that would give educators real feedback on their work based on several factors, including students’ test scores, classroom observations and peer reviews.

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