Structure of the NYS Education System
Who is responsible for education in NYS?
How do laws get passed in NYS?
EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION ACT of 2015
The current teacher evaluation law dates back to 2015 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed a plan in which state test scores could count for as much as half of an educator’s evaluation. Though the law technically remains on the books, the state’s Board of Regents passed a moratorium on the use of grades 3-8 math and English test scores in teacher evaluations. Without further action, the moratorium will expire in 2019.
JANUARY 2019, UPDATE:
A new bill was introduced and passed by both the State Assembly and the State Senate:
–When the moratorium expires in 2019, districts will no longer be FORCED to use the NYS 3-8 assessments for APPR.
–The wording states that districts will not be required, to use the assessments. BUT, districts MUST USE SOMETHING (from an approved list by NYS), a test/average of tests to satisfy the 50% of the teacher evaluation score.
–The NYS Assessments grades 3-8 will still be REQUIRED since this is part of ESSA federal accountability.
- State Ed is in complete control of providing the approved list from which districts must select assessments (many on the list will be Pearson or Questar assessments, among others), or get State Ed permission for an alternative assessment.
- Whatever assessment is used will still be weighted 50% or greater, with the other component being teacher observation.
- Schools are still required to administer the grades 3-8 tests due to ESSA.
Anyone who would like a more detailed explanation, please see below:
We’d like to thank Deborah Abramson Brooks for providing us with a very detailed and comprehensive explanation:
- A non-profit entity, (such as a charter school)
- An individual, or
- Another school district in good standing
JANUARY 2019, UPDATE:
- CSI (Comprehensive Support and Improvement) schools that are re-identified as CSI after three years will be placed into Receivership,
- while TSI (Targeted Support and Improvement) schools that are re-identified as TSI after three years will become CSI schools.
- Current Priority schools that are initially identified as CSI will enter Receivership.