Nearly 50 percent of New York teachers, excluding teachers in the New York City public school system, earned a rating of Highly Effective on their Annual Professional Performance Review, the Commissioner of Education John King announced Oct. 22.
Highly Effective is the highest rating granted with the new teacher and principal evaluation system. An additional 41.8 percent of teachers earned the second highest rating of Effective.
The new evaluation system produces a composite score with 60 percent based on teacher observations, surveys, reviews of students’ work and other evidence of a teacher’s performance. Local school districts, in agreements with the teachers’ unions, determine how to measure another 20 percent of a teachers effectiveness, and the remaining 20 percent is drawn from student growth scores measured by standardized tests.
“The results are striking. The more accurate student proficiency rates on the new Common Core assessments did not negatively affect teacher ratings. It's clear that teachers are rising to the challenge of teaching the Common Core,” said Commissioner King in a Department of Education press statement. There had been concerns that poor performance on the new Common Core exams would negatively affect teachers’ evaluations.
The new evaluation system has four rating levels (HEDI):
- Highly Effective (91- 100 points) – results are well-above district-adopted expectations for student achievement and growth.
- Effective (75-90 points) – results meet district-adopted expectations for student acheivement and growth.
- Developing (65-74 points) – results are below district-adopted expectations for student achievement and growth.
- Ineffective (0-64 points) – results are well below district-adopted expectations for student achievement and growth.
New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi responded to the release of the scores with a statement saying the Department of Education “misses the point.” Iannuzzi believes that the majority of teachers in the state are highly effective in their work, but he is opposed to reliance on standardized tests to measure student achievement and teacher effectiveness:
"Releasing these scores demonstrates once again that at our State Education Department (SED), the climate is about testing and numbers instead of teaching and learning. SED's fixation with evaluation and the over-emphasis on testing ignores its own failure to implement Common Core in a thoughtful and meaningful way. The focus must return to students and how they learn. Students and teachers are more than a score.” — Richard C. Iannuzzi, NYSUT
Iannuzzi is calling for a moratorium on using test scores for evaluating educators until schools have fully implement the Common Core standards being tested. “SED must turn its attention away from its obsession with testing and back to its responsibility for providing the time, tools, resources and professional development needed to achieve the potential of the Common Core,” says Iannuzzi.
Parents can learn the individual rating of their child’s teacher by contacting their local school district.