18% of NYC teachers fail new evaluations

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.


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  1. Mark Roulo says:

    The article doesn’t say how the 20 schools were selected. If the schools were picked based on “problems”, then 18% might be accurate for those schools, but the number for the school system as a whole would be much lower.

    Since the plan is to use these evaluations in “low-performing schools” and one factor going into the evaluation is student performance, you would expect that the results at the low performing schools would be worse than for the schools on average.

  2. Or much more likely, the whole system is flawed b/c it is based on flawed testing which more accurately measure student poverty than learning.

  3. 98% satisfactory. Dang, they must’ve been teaching at Lake Woebegone High School.

  4. Homeschooling Granny says:

    Are these teacher all certified? If so, it’s a disgrace to the ed schools that certified them.

    A person certified by supposedly competent bodies has reason to believe they are fit for the career they have chosen. Looks as if some of these young people are being scammed.