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New Law: Teacher Evaluations For Parents' Eyes Only

New law will ensure that parents and the public have access to information about teachers, principals and schools.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Monday that will require the public disclosure of teacher evaluation data.

According to a release from Cuomo, the new law will ensure that parents and the public have access to information about how the teachers, principals and schools charged with educating New York's children are performing, while also respecting educators' privacy.

"School districts across New York are still hashing out details of what will go into teacher assessments," Newsday [subscription required] reports. "Cuomo has said it's unlikely that any evaluations would be completed under the new system until 2014."

"This law strikes the right balance between a teacher's right to privacy and the parents' and public's right to know," Cuomo said in a statement. "New York's children deserve a top-quality education, and the state's new teacher evaluation system will ensure that teachers and principals are held responsible for student performance.”

The new law signed Monday by the Governor ensures that parents and the general public can assess how schools across New York are performing. The law requires school districts and BOCES to fully disclose their evaluation results to the public and require requires the State Education Department to post and make widely available important data that will allow the public to analyze and compare how schools are performing.

School districts and BOCES will also be required to notify and fully disclose to parents and legal guardians the final specific ratings and composite evaluation scores of the teachers and principals to which their student is assigned

BETTE June 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Teachers should also have the right to evaluate how the parents are educating the children at home. Education begins the first day the child comes into this world, not at the age of five when he enters kindergarten. If the preliminary work has not been done for the first five years at home, the child will forever be behind in his learning. We need to hold the family accountable also.

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