Report Shows Struggling Students Don't Get the Help They Need in the Classroom

NY1 News // January 14, 2013

A new report shows underachieving, poor, and minority students are not getting the help they need in the classroom. The report, recently released by StudentsFirstNY, shows that these students are more likely to be taught by teachers who are considered "Unsatisfactory." StudentsFirstNY reveals that there is an unequal distribution of poor quality teachers in New York City public schools, leaving students who need the most help without effective educators. 

Developing a new teacher evaluation system, one of ten recommendations brought forth by StudentsFirstNY in the report, could improve the number and distribution of quality teachers in New York City schools. 

According to NY1 News, the Department of Education is already working to implement many of the report's recommendations. StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director, Micah Lasher, summarized those ideas:

"Our report makes 10 recommendations focused on targeting efforts and resources at recruiting highly effective teachers into the schools that need them the most, retaining them so they stay in those classrooms, and ultimately making sure that the students who most need highly effective teachers are not saddled with ineffective educators," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Micah Lasher.

Read the report “Unsatisfactory: The Distribution of Teacher Quality in New York City” (PDF).

View an interactive map of NYC schools with the highest percentages of “Unsatisfactory” teachers.

Read the full article.