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Struggling NY Teachers Will Not Get Extra Training to Improve

Struggling Teachers Will Not Get Extra Training to Improve

Before a new two-year deal was set in New York, teachers and principals who were rated "ineffective" or "developing" received formal improvement training. Now, potentially thousands of New York teachers will not get this intensive help to improve. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the state teachers union lobbied Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers for the change, saying that educator ratings tarnished by difficulties with the 2013-14 and 2014-15 student tests won't reflect the true abilities of teachers. The unions said the extra coaching mandate would "impose an unfair, time-cosuming burden on skilled professionals."

Some education advocates expressed dismay, and said that when children have trouble on state tests, it's evident their teachers need more support. Test scores aren't perfect indicators of a teacher's effectiveness, but they shouldn't be ignored, the article said. 

"These are teachers whose students struggled the most," said State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. "Why wouldn't we want their teachers to get additional support and coaching? It worries me that some claim an improvement plan is punitive when it is an opportunity for growth."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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