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NY teachers: 91.5% "highly effective"

Albany, NYThe statewide ratings for teachers and principals is out today, according to State Education Commissioner John King Jr.  

The preliminary statewide data shows that 91.5 percent of teachers are rated as highly effective. In Rochester, of more than the 2,300 teachers who were evaluated, just over 60 percent were rated highly effective, and 58.3 percent were rated effective. 

Some of the ratings have been appealed, and these numbers could change. 

 These are preliminary numbers; we still have a significant amount of analysis to do, King said in a statement. But we wanted to provide a sense of the landscape. The results are striking. The more accurate student proficiency rates on the new Common Core assessments did not negatively affect teacher ratings. Its clear that teachers are rising to the challenge of teaching the Common Core.

These evaluations are required under the revised teacher and principal evaluation law, which was signed into law in 2012.

The purpose of the evaluation system is not to create a gotcha environment, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a statement. The goal is to improve teaching and learning by targeting professional development to make sure every student receives quality instruction.

These ratings do not include New York City educators, who are in their first year of evaluations.

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