N.Y. union suit claims new reviews focus too much on state tests

06/28/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

The New York State United Teachers union is suing a state board over the passage of a new teacher-evaluation system that would base up to 40% of evaluations on state test scores. The teachers union argues that state test scores are to count for 20% of a teacher's evaluation, with an additional 20% based on other assessments determined by districts and unions through collective bargaining. The move could derail plans for districts to begin using the new evaluations, a change enacted last year to help that state secure $700 million in Race to the Top funds.

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