New York’s Teacher Evaluation System

New York State education officials and the local teachers’ union reached a deal on a new teacher evaluation system on Thursday February 16, just before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadline for imposing his own measures for teacher quality. Essentially, 40 percent of teachers’ evaluations will be measured by students’ performance on standardized test scores, half of […]

Teacher Accountability Starts with Better Teacher Preparation

Accountability initiatives like Race to the Top has focused on creating models that gauge teacher effectiveness by linking evaluations (in part) to student progress. Under New York’s new legislation, for example, 40 percent of a teacher’s grade will be based on standardized tests (with the balance based on more subjective measures such as principal observations). […]

Creating A Culture of Education (Part 2): Teacher or Parent Accountability?

Public discussion of education overwhelmingly focuses on teachers, but the problem is that this perspective neglects a more important factor, that of the role of parents and the family. So why are all reform policies aimed squarely at schools and teachers? The broader picture is being missed.