Posts from June 1st, 2013
June 1, 2013
The evaluation system that State Education Commissioner John King imposed on New York City today fulfills requests made by both the Bloomberg administration and the United Federation of Teachers.
In a unique move, it also delegates crucial decisions about how teachers will be rated to the city’s roughly 1,600 non-charter public schools and, in some cases, to teachers themselves.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked lawmakers to allow King to impose an evaluation system after city and union officials failed to agree on one by a January deadline. Starting from broad parameters set out in state law, each side made its case in position papers and in-person presentations last month, and King issued his final determination tonight.
“Following years of delay, today we can finally say that every school district in the state of New York has a teacher evaluation system in place based on some of the most stringent and comprehensive standards in the nation,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The mayor didn’t win and the union didn’t win. Today, the students won. Finally.” (more…)
June 1, 2013
Before briefing reporters with their take on the teacher evaluation system that State Education Commissioner John King imposed on the city today, the Department of Education distributed a colorful chart making the case that King had sided with with its proposal.
According to the chart, King fell closer to the department’s position than the UFT’s on several issues, including the number of days allotted for arbitration, the use of student surveys, and the length of the agreement. The chart does not mention other issues where the UFT’s positions won out, such as the number of Danielson Framework components that will count or other details about the way observations will have to be documented.
“I consider this a major victory for our students and our staff,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.
June 1, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered what appeared to be a tepid endorsement of the teacher evaluation system that State Education Commissioner John King imposed today, while Mulgrew’s counterpart at the principals union was more favorable about the new plan for rating his members.
Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Superintendents, said in a statement that his union had actually reached a deal on evaluations with the city Department of Education late Friday, “with the strong intervention of Commissioner King.” He said the deal resembled what had almost been finalized back in January, when the city’s negotiations with the teachers union fell apart just before a state deadline.
Logan praised the new evaluation system, saying that it “preserves many of the same tools our principals are accustomed to while at the same time substantially improving our due process protections and safeguards.” It also provides for helping principals improve, which the old system did not do, he said.
Mulgrew’s reaction was more circumspect. (more…)
June 1, 2013
Student surveys, observation options for teachers, and a role for educators at each school are part of the city’s new teacher evaluation system, which State Education Commissioner John King is imposing today.
The plan appears to contain some elements that will please each of the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers, which were not able to agree on a system by a January deadline. The plan will be in place until 2017, unless the city and teachers union negotiate a different plan before then.
The actual plan won’t be posted until later this evening, but the state’s press release has the highlights:
COMMISSIONER KING RELEASES NYC TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATION PLAN
New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today released his teacher and principal evaluation plan for New York City. Legislation enacted earlier this year mandated that King impose an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan for any district without an approved plan in place by May 29. New York City is the only district in the state to fail to meet that deadline. The APPR plan King announced today will remain in force through the 2016-2017 school year – and under state law, remains in place in perpetuity – unless and until a successor APPR agreement is reached through collective bargaining and is approved by the Commissioner. King said the plan announced today following submissions and testimony from affected parties, will identify excellence, facilitate high-quality professional development for principals and teachers, and provide each principal with the autonomy to build a strong staff while protecting teachers against arbitrary and capricious actions. (more…)