Questions on NY teacher evaluations answered
Posted at: 05/26/2012 11:44 AM
| Updated at: 05/26/2012 11:57 AM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
New York's 700 or so school districts are working now to meet a January 17 deadline for having a state-approved teacher evaluation process in place. Otherwise, they'll miss out on a share of the $805 million increase in state aid from Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration.
Districts historically have set their own evaluation process, often relying heavily on classroom visits, but the state had to have a standard plan to qualify for $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding.
Teachers will be given a score of 1-100 based on a combination of factors, including student performance on state standardized tests and classroom observations.
Teachers who are rated ineffective will get training, while two consecutive ineffective ratings can put their jobs in jeopardy.