We’ve filed two updates to our website on teacher evaluation in New York state to specifically address NYSUT’s recent settlement with the State Education Department.
First up: an exhaustive listing of answers to your Frequently Asked Questions on the many components of the new evaluation process. NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services team produced the Q&A in response to the questions we’ve heard from members on scoring bands, on locally selected measures of student growth, and much more.
The teacher evaluation website also has a new column by NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi to summarize the facts and counter the misconceptions about the agreement. Dick goes into particular detail to highlight the built-in safeguards against unfair evaluations. An excerpt:
As a party to the agreement (I was personally at the table throughout the negotiations), NYSUT sought to maintain principles that are good for students and fair to teachers. We believe we succeeded. This agreement creates a thoughtful, collaborative framework that allows teachers, principals and parents to develop a majority of the evaluation measures through conversation and negotiation. It recognizes the complexities involved in teacher evaluation and emphasizes the continual improvement of teaching skills in ways that benefit all children.
You can read his full column here.
For news and updates on teacher evaluations in New York state, keep your browser pointed to learnmore.nysut.org.