Teacher evaluations, ‘failing’ results at issue
As a new report shows that more than 97 percent of area principals and teachers are deemed effective or highly effective, educators across the state are rallying against a plan by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to make the rating system tougher.
Data released by the state Education Department on Thursday show that for the second year in a row, most educators from school districts in Erie and Niagara counties were given the state’s highest ratings, mirroring results seen across the state. Even in Buffalo, where the vast majority of schools fail to meet state standards, 91 percent of educators were deemed effective or highly effective.
Teacher advocates say the results reflect the fact that New York has some of the best trained and most experienced teachers in the country. They also point to factors outside the classroom that can greatly affect how children learn.
“The real problem is, along with the achievement gap, there comes a family gap, a housing gap, a health care gap, an income gap, just to name a few things,” said Ashli Skura Dreher, a Lewiston-Porter special-education teacher who was named the state’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.
“If we want to improve educational outcomes, these are the real issues that the governor has to address.”
To see educator ratings for your school district, go to data.buffalonews.com/databuff/education/erie-niagara-teacher-ratings/