NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – Nine out of 10 New York City teachers were rated effective or highly effective, according to the state education department.
The results come after the first year of state-mandated evaluations, which are based on educator practice and student learning. Teachers are rated on a variety of factors including evidence-based observations, review of student work, student growth on state exams and more.
But compared to the rest of the state, New York City teachers were not up to par. Nine percent of city teachers were given a “highly effective” rating, compared with 58 percent in the rest of the state, the New York Times reported.
Seven percent of city teachers were “developing,” while 1.2 percent of them were deemed “ineffective.” The rest of the state’s figures, however, were 2 percent and 0.4 percent.
Education leaders argue the evaluation system is flawed because the state did not release statistics from specific districts.
“I’m concerned that in some districts, there’s a tendency to blanket everyone with the same rating. That defeats the purpose of observations and the evaluations, and we have to work to fix that,” New York State education commissioner, John B. King Jr. said, according to the New York Times.
Others say the system relies too heavily on test scores and not enough on common core learning standards.
But Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, said he was pleased with the results from the new system.
“I think we grade harder than other people [in the rest of the state] do,” Logan told the New York Times.