A new report released by StudentsFirstNY found that schools in high-poverty areas have a higher number of “Unsatisfactory” rated teachers than in schools in areas of lower poverty. More specifically, the report found that in schools with few poor students, only 1.14 percent of the teachers received low ratings. In contrast, in schools where poor students make up more than 85 percent of the student population, 3.9 percent of teachers are considered low-rated.
According to GothamSchools, the findings of the report support StudentsFirstNY’s position that New York City officials and the teachers’ union must come to an agreement on a plan new teacher evaluations.
StudentsFirstNY’s Executive Director, Micah Lasher, and others presented the findings of the report outside of City Hall this morning:
This report highlights the utter failure of New York City schools to provide quality teachers to those students who need them most,” said Executive Director Micah Lasher, who left the Bloomberg administration last year to start StudentsFirstNY. “A successful deal to implement a meaningful teacher evaluation system is a necessary first step toward righting that wrong.”