New York Delays Grading Teachers on Common Core Tests

June 20, 2014

Gov. Andrew. M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to shield teachers from being rated “ineffective” in job evaluations as a result of the new, higher academic standards of the Common Core this school year and next, according to two officials familiar with the deal.

Teachers and principals in grades 3-8 won’t be rated “ineffective” or “developing” solely because of poor performance by their students in math and English tests based on the tougher, national standards.

Teachers rated ineffective or developing because of Common Core tests would be evaluated again without those tests. If the teacher is still judged to be ineffective or developing, the teacher would be sanctioned.

Parents would be able to see both ratings, under the agreement. State officials expect fewer than 1,000 teachers would be affected by the deal expected to voted into law Thursday.

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