STATEMENT: StudentsFirstNY Reacts to Teacher Evaluation RatingsStudentsFirstNY // October 22, 2013
New York State’s new teacher evaluation system is a powerful tool for parents to know whether their children’s teachers are effective and for school leaders to determine which teachers need support and development to improve. Today’s preliminary results confirm that Governor Cuomo and Commissioner King’s steadfast support for aligning these evaluations to the rigorous common core standards was the right decision. However, with 84% of African-American students in New York State not proficient in reading we need to continue reform with all due speed. NYSUT's call to slow down on accountability should be met with profound skepticism.