Retooling of teacher eval system underway
Keshia Clukey is reporting at Politico New York on the impact the statewide test score moratorium is having on the local teacher evaluation process. In some cases, districts will have to go back to the negotiating table. The state Board of Regents this month put a hold on the use of test scores in teacher and principal evaluations during the next four school years. The state Education Department has since issued guidance to districts on how to manage the evaluation process without the use of exam scores, and will keep working with districts on implementing the ban. Eliminating the state exams from the mix means 60 percent of teachers' evaluations will now be be based on observations and 40 percent on local tests, depending on what is negotiated with local collective bargaining units. It is possible that some teachers could be scored based entirely on observation, while others would see no change at all, according to an Education Department official. Read the full story at Politico New York.