Ten school districts that submitted on-time proposals for the new state-mandated teacher and principal evaluation system have not only been given the Education Department’s stamp of approval, but also, their plans are being offered as models.
Binghamton City and Union-Endicott school districts, both in Broome County; Valhalla Union Free School District, in Westchester County; and Pembroke Central School District, in Genesee County; are among the districts whose plans were touted by the state.
Also announced Wednesday, the state has approved more than 100 proposals.
So far, 267 of the state’s roughly 700 school districts have submitted proposals for the new Annual Professional Performance Review system, some parts of which must be developed locally. The soft submission deadline was July 1, but if districts don’t get their plans approved by the Education Department by mid-January, they’ll lose a scheduled increase in state funding.
“The model plans approved today come from districts and teacher and principal unions that rolled up their sleeves and got the job done,” state Education Commissioner John King said in a statement. “There is a lot of work ahead, but these plans will help generate positive momentum for other districts to send us approvable APPR plans.”
King said in a statement that rigorous review of the plans can take four to six weeks, so districts must submit them as soon as possible or risk the funding loss. He encourages districts that haven’t submitted yet to look to the model plans for guidance.
“These evaluation plans will help principals and teachers improve their practice, and that in turn will help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers,” he said in a statement. “That’s our goal in everything we do.”
Officials from local school districts and unions have criticized the new system, saying it places too much emphasis on state and local testing, burdens administrators with an unrealistic number of observations and is creating anxiety among teachers and principals.
To see a listing of districts that have been approved, click here.