Deal reached on statewide teacher evaluations in N.Y.

02/17/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Education officials and the teachers' union in New York state came to an agreement late Thursday on a plan to create a statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals. Under the system, 40% of teachers' evaluations will be based on student test scores, half of which will take into account students' year-to-year learning growth; the remaining 60% will come from classroom observations and other subjective measures. The compromise ends a nearly two-year impasse and is expected to help the state preserve a $700 million federal Race to the Top grant.

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