Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time's up for NY districts on evaluation plans
By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Time is just about up for New York school districts to adopt a teacher evaluation plan or lose out on state aid.

As of late Wednesday, all but four districts had submitted plans in advance of Thursday's state-imposed deadline.

Districts missing plans were New York City, Fallsburg, Harrison and Pine Plains.

Each of the state's nearly 700 school districts was told to submit a plan to the state Education Department for approval Jan. 17. If not, they'll lose their increase in state aid.

Under state law, 20 percent of the ratings must be based on students' growth on state tests. Another 20 percent must be based on local measures and the remaining 60 percent must include classroom observations and can also include parent or student surveys.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Thursday saying he would make no exceptions to the deadline.

“Today is the final deadline for the handful of school districts, including New York City, that have failed to get their teacher evaluation systems in place. Please hear me - there will be no extensions or exceptions," Governor Cuomo said. "Since we established one of the strongest teacher evaluation models in the nation last year, 98% of school districts have successfully implemented them. The remaining districts and their unions have until midnight tonight to do the same or they will forfeit the increase in education aid they have been counting on and both parties will have failed the children they serve.”

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