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Some NYC Schools Have Not Rated Teachers "Unsatisfactory" For Eight Years

A recent analysis conducted by the Wall Street Journal highlights the need for a more nuanced system of evaluating teacher performance. New York City is one of a handful of school districts that hasn’t adopted a new system, due to the disagreement between the City and its teachers' union.

The proposed evaluation system would have four tiers: ineffective, developing, effective, and highly effective. Sandi Jacobs, a vice president with the National Council on Teacher Quality, commented on the need for change:

"In this all-or-nothing, pass-fail system, it is quite possible that schools don't have anybody who merits an unsatisfactory rating, but there might be quite a few teachers who are in need of real improvement."

The new evaluation system could be implemented in June if the City and the teachers' union can’t reach an agreement.

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Read StudentsFirstNY's 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.

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