A new evaluation system piloted at 20 New York City schools rated 18 percent of teachers as “ineffective” and seven percent as “highly effective,” reports Crain’s New York Business. Seventy-five percent ranked in the two middle categories.
Under the old system, 98 percent of teachers were rated “satisfactory” and 2 percent “unsatisfactory.”
The city’s Department of Education hasn’t confirmed the numbers reported by Crain’s, but if this holds up . . . 18 percent is a huge number. I predict there will be pressure to redesign the system to fail fewer teachers.
The city was forced to redesign teacher evaluations to qualify for federal funds. The United Federation of Teachers has agreed to use the new four-tiered method — based on classroom observations, student progress and other factors — in 33 low-performing schools that are up for $65 million in federal aid.