Cuomo: NY, union agree on teacher evaluation plan

By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A statewide agreement on a tougher teacher evaluation system broadly reflects a 2010 law passed by the Legislature to qualify for $700 million in federal education reform funds.

It allows 20 percent of an evaluation to reflect student progress on state tests. Another 20 percent can be from a list of three testing options, including state standardized tests, third-party assessments or tests approved by the state education department and locally developed tests subject to state approval.

Local districts could also choose to use state test scores for the full, additional 20 percent.

New York City also has a deal for an appeals system that has so far stymied talks between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers and would take effect next January. But that
hinges on agreement on an overall evaluation system for city teachers.

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