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State releases teacher evaluation results


The New York State Education Department was kind enough to welcome everyone back to school with a massive data dump late Thursday, without any prior notice, of the much anticipated teacher evaluation results broken down by district. (Click here for today's story by Sandra Tan.)

In an e-mail from the department's communications office sent out at 3:51 p.m. Dennis Tompkins writes:

"Today's release of evaluation data will enable New Yorkers to see, for the first time, the results of their schools' teacher and principal evaluations. The goal of the evaluation process has always been to improve teaching and learning by targeting professional development where it is most needed in order to improve student outcomes. When teachers and principals receive the right tools to improve their practice, their students benefit -- it's really as straightforward as that.

It is important to remember that each APPR [teacher evaluation] plan is locally negotiated and unique.  Be sure to first look at the district's APPR plan to understand what measures are being used to calculate the evaluation ratings.  Only the State-provided growth measure data are calculated at the state level, in a consistent manner across all districts, using the state's enhanced growth model."

The results are tied to the state's controversial teacher evaluation system, which assess educators based on observations, state test scores and other locally decided measures.

The state released statewide data in October and this new information offers a further breakdown.

  • cbenker

    Sure Jaworski thinks Manuel can be good. Manuel's a third string (at best), just like Jaws was.
    But in Jaws mind, he should be in the Hall of Fame!

  • Skeptical Inquirer

    I too had trouble finding the clocks. Mostly I wanted to know how much more I had to endure before leaving at the half, but you would think with all that extra space, they would be more visible. Then again, this is the Bills, and like so many of their "improvements", the fans wind up getting less.

  • Debunker

    Manuel looks like 2 different QBs sometimes with his inaccuracies. A nice completion followed by a poor location__it's a little puzzling.

About the reporters

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News' NeXt section.

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.