NYS okays 107 teacher evaluation plans

By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Working against a January deadline, 107 school districts in New York have now come up with a teacher evaluation plan that passes state muster.

The state education department released the update Wednesday. The department says it's provided feedback to nearly 200 other districts working to win approval.

The Utica City School District has approved their teacher evaluations. They are the first district in Oneida County to do so.

New state law requires each of the state's roughly 700 school districts to have a state-approved teacher and principal evaluation plan in place by Jan. 17. The Annual Professional Performance Reviews have to be based in large part on classroom observations and student improvement on standardized tests.

Districts are working with teachers unions to draw up the plans before submitting them to the state.

The evaluations that begin this year are part of a broader education reform agenda.

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