The Department of Education held a series of training seminars for teachers and school administrators on the new teacher evaluation. According to WNYC's SchoolBook, the new system called “Advance” will take effect in September and evaluate teachers based on classroom observations, student performance and state test scores.
Shael Polakow-Suransky, the city's Chief Academic Officer, commented on the launch of the new evaluation system:
"We can't shy away from the fact that it's to be a big lift to implement this. What we're trying to do is figure out how to make it as manageable as possible."