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New Data Shows 95 Percent Of New York State Teachers Score Well On Evals

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.released the second year of statewide teacher and principal evaluation results.
State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.released the second year of statewide teacher and principal evaluation results. Photo Credit: www.nysed.gov

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The State Education Department released data that shows 95 percent of New York teachers scored well on their annual evaluations last academic year.

More than 95 percent of teachers statewide are rated effective (53.7 percent) or highly effective (41.9 percent); 3.7 percent are rated as developing; and about one percent are rated ineffective. More than 93 percent of principals are rated effective (65.6 percent) or highly effective (27.9 percent).

The evaluations are based on three different measures:

  • 60 percent on observations and other measures agreed upon at the local level
  • 20 percent on student performance measures
  • 20 percent on student performance on grades 4-8 state assessments (where applicable) or district-determined student learning objectives

“The evaluation process is and always will be a work in progress,” said State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. “I’m concerned that in some districts, there’s a tendency to blanket everyone with the same rating. That defeats the purpose of the observations and the evaluations, and we have to work to fix that.

"But for the first time, we have a system that differentiates educator performance. Districts can target professional development to help struggling teachers improve, and that will help our students do better. That’s a vision we all share.”

New York City educators were evaluated for the first time this year under the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) law. King said that while New York City teachers and principals were evaluated on the same overall scoring ranges as the rest of state, the three sub-components used different ranges for the City’s scores.

Less than ten percent of teachers in the city are rated highly effective, 82.5 percent are rated effective, 7 percent are developing and 1.2 percent are ineffective.

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