With the Thursday deadline for school districts to submit their teacher evaluation plans looming, most districts in New York can breathe a sigh of relief.
As of Friday, State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said the state education department had approved 637 plans. 47 school districts were awaiting approval. 7 districts, however, had yet to submit a plan, including the New York City Board of Education. Those districts risk losing a 4% increase in state education aid. Governor Cuomo has noted he will not extend the January 17 deadline.
Originally, the state had established a standard teacher evaluation system, which brought federal funding. The state then worked with the largest teacher union to create a template, from which school districts were to negotiate with their teacher unions to tailor their plans. One of the most publicized elements of the new plan is the condition that teacher evaluations are based, in part, on student performance on standardized tests.
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