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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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Teachers Union Seeks Appeal of Court Ruling on Ratings Release

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The teachers union claims that a state court "significantly narrowed" the rights of city teachers and all state employees this month when it found teachers' ratings could be released to the public, according to a request for an appeal filed Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Court Rules City Must Release Teacher Ratings

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New York City must release public school teachers’ ratings, along with their names, according to a decision issued by a state appellate court Thursday.

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Teachers Union Heads Back to Court Over Release of Ratings

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

New York City teachers are trying once again to stop their report cards from being released to the public. An Appellate Court panel will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the city can release teacher ratings to the media. The ratings rank each teacher's effectiveness based on how much progress students made on state exams.

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WNYC News

State Judge Rules City Can Release Teacher Ratings

Monday, January 10, 2011

A state judge has ruled that New York City can release the names of 12,000 teachers who were rated based on student test scores. State Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern said releasing the names was not an unwarranted invasion of privacy, as the teachers union claimed.

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Union Turns to Public Over Teacher Data Reports

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Having already gone to court against the city, the teachers union is now going to the public with its argument against releasing 12,000 individual Teacher Data Reports, presenting teachers who discovered their reports were full of mistakes.

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WNYC News

Judge Hears Arguments Over Releasing Teacher Ratings

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thousands of the city's elementary and middle school teachers have been rated on how much progress their students made on standardized tests. Releasing those ratings with the teacher's names attached could damage their reputations. That's the argument their union made to a state judge Wednesday.

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Teacher Ratings: What Are Other Cities Doing?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

New York City isn't the only district using student test scores to measure which teachers are most effective. The Obama administration is using federal Race to the Top grants and other funds to encourage states and districts to develop similar systems. Some are farther along than others. Below is a brief description of a few places that use the data.

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WNYC News

How One New York School Uses Teacher Data

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

One school that's been using the teacher ratings ever since it took part in a limited pilot program four years ago is PS 189 on the border of Crown Heights and Brownsville. Principal Berthe Faustin says they often confirm what she already knew: some teachers are more effective than others in raising student achievement.

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City and Union Go to Court Over Release of Teacher Ratings

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A judge in New York City heard arguments Wednesday over whether individual teachers’ ratings can be released to the public. The judge did not issue a ruling immediately. The city has rated 12,000 fourth through eighth grade elementary and middle school teachers on how well their students perform on standardized math and reading tests. So far, the ratings have only been shared with the teachers and their principals. But now, the city wants to give them to the media and the teachers union considers that a breach of privacy.

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