Nearly 92 percent of teachers were rated highly effective or effective in the first year of a new evaluation system, the state Education Department said today.
The highly controversial testing of teachers produced few poor grades, the state said. Just 1 percent was deemed ineffective, and 4 percent were characterized as developing.
The results are for 126,829 teachers outside New York City; 91.5 percent were deemed effective or highly effective.
The results come after the state released new student assessment scores as part of the Common Core program last summer that showed just 31 percent of New York students in elementary and middle schools were proficient in math and reading.
“The results are striking,” state Education Commissioner John King said in a statement. “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.”
The state, however, only released broad results, not specific numbers by school district or region. It didn’t include all teachers.
The evaluation system started in 2012 as part of a new state law. Sixty percent of an educator’s rating is based on observations in the classroom agreed to by the local union and the schools.
Twenty percent is based on student performance on grades 4-8 state tests. Local districts and unions decide the rest.
Principals were also tested. Nearly 87 percent of principals were deemed highly effective or effective.
“The purpose of the evaluation system is not to create a ‘gotcha’ environment,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a statement. “The goal is to improve teaching and learning by targeting professional development to make sure every student receives quality instruction.”