Board of Regents Critical of NYSED’s Recommendations for Revised Educator Evaluation System

Friday, May 22, 2015

After receiving more than 3,000 e-mails and hearing hours of testimony at a “Learning Summit” earlier in May regarding changes to teacher evaluation under Education Law §3012‐d, SED unveiled a first draft of its recommendations to the Board of Regents on May 18th, seeking feedback to be incorporated in necessary implementing regulations. After several hours of discussion at the May 18th Regents meeting, Deputy Commissioner Wagner agreed to rework the proposal before the Regents takes it up at its June meeting. The Board of Regents meeting to approve Commissioner’s regulations is scheduled for June 15, 2015.

Rather than incorporating the concept of one-year hardship waivers for districts who are unable to negotiate teacher evaluation agreements by November 15th, SED Deputy Commissioner Wagner said that SED instead intends to grant only short-term, two month waivers based by evidence of good faith attempts to collectively bargain and train personnel in the new evaluation system. Those waivers would be renewable through September 2016.

Regents Chancellor Tisch noted the importance for legislators to modify the law to prevent state aid from being withheld from districts unable to negotiate an agreement with its instructional unions by the November 15th deadline.

A summary of SED’s recommendations to the Board of Regents can be found at:

www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/May/APPR.pdf

 

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