Albany, NY, May 16, 2011 — Governor Andrew Cuomo has persuaded the state education department to make some changes to its new plans for teacher evaluation, to be discussed at the Board of Regents meeting on Monday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.
Cuomo, in a letter, says the proposed system for teacher evaluation "falls short" of efforts in other states, and he’s asking for revisions. Cuomo wants to see greater emphasis on test scores to rate teachers, and more classroom observation as part of the process. He also wants the new teacher evaluation system to be implemented one year earlier than planned, in the school year that begins in September.
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, in an answering letter, says the Regents already plan to incorporate the governor’s ideas in the final plan to be hashed out Monday and Tuesday.
Cuomo disagreed with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier in the year, when Bloomberg wanted to end the so-called "last in, first out" policy for teacher hiring and firing. Cuomo preferred to improve a teacher evaluation plan already begun by the Regents and the teachers unions.