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News | December 10, 2015 >>

A Common Core task force convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released on Dec. 10 a report calling for a complete rewrite of state standards and related curriculum and tests.

Info you should know | December 3, 2015 >>

The city Department of Education on Nov. 10 released School Quality Reports for the 2014–15 school year for all elementary, middle and high schools.

Editorial cartoons | December 4, 2014 >>
News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

Chancellor Fariña announced a new evaluation system for schools that looks "beyond test scores" to take a multi-faceted approach to measuring success.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

The mid-November release of the last School Progress Reports under Mayor Bloomberg prompted relief, followed quickly by discussion about the reports’ future and the kind of tools parents need to assess schools. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has vowed to do away with Bloomberg’s A-F letter grades and reexamine school accountability.

Education nation | December 19, 2013 >>

Despite protests and a lawsuit, New York State is moving full steam ahead with plans to store reams of confidential student data with inBloom Inc.

Union resolutions | December 11, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers calls on the New York State Education Commissioner John King and the Board of Regents to recognize the valid and serious concerns over the privacy and security of student data by halting implementation of the state’s contract with inBloom.

Testimony | November 20, 2013 >>

Vice President for Education Catalina Fortino testified before the New York State Assembly Committee on Education about the New York State Education Department’s plans to transfer all of the student information collected by the New York City Department of Education and school systems across the state to InBloom, Inc.

Union resolutions | October 9, 2013 >>

The UFT calls for a moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to state tests until representatives of all interested parties — including parents and educators — have worked with members of Congress, the state Legislature, the state Commissioner of Education, the Board of Regents and the New York City Panel for Educational Policy to carefully examine how well the new curricula, professional development and tests align to the Common Core standards.

News stories | June 27, 2013 >>

The Class of 2012 in New York City public schools was the first in a decade to log a slightly lower graduation rate, a June 17 state report revealed, and even the bright spot in the new data -- an uptick in college readiness -- still showed the vast majority of students were unprepared for higher-level work.

News stories | October 18, 2012 >>

After getting F last year, UFT-represented charter in Bronx is thriving
Teachers, parents and students were beaming with pride at the UFT-represented Bronx Academy of Promise’s board meeting on Oct. 9 after learning that their school was one of just three schools citywide to move from an F to an A on its annual School Progress Report. The A grade should help the school as it seeks a five-year renewal of its charter.

News stories | May 10, 2012 >>

The UFT has long criticized the Department of Education for relying on progress reports to close schools or make other high-stake decisions, using as they do questionable state tests for 85 percent of the grade. Now an independent city budget agency has concluded that the progress reports do not accurately measure annual academic achievement.

News stories | March 8, 2012 >>

Outrageous. That’s the word educator and author Linda Darling-Hammond from Stanford University used to describe the release of the Teacher Data Reports, and she was not alone.

News stories | February 23, 2012 >>

After nearly two years in which the UFT used every legal recourse at its disposal to fight it, Teacher Data Reports will be turned over to several New York City newspapers, TV and radio stations that demanded them under the Freedom of Information Act.

Press releases | February 14, 2012 >>
Controversial Teacher Data Reports produced by the Department of Education in 2008 and 2009 may be released to the media in the coming weeks after the state's highest court refused to hear the UFT's appeal to block their publication. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said that releasing the often inaccurate and unreliable reports "would be particularly inappropriate in view of the fact that the Department of Education has already announced that they will be discontinued and replaced with a statewide program."
News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

The UFT will go directly to the state’s highest court in an effort to prevent the public release of the city Department of Education’s Teacher Data Reports, a move made necessary when the union’s efforts to keep the widely discredited reports private were not successful before the lower courts.

News stories | October 27, 2011 >>

Thirty-three percent of high schools earned A grades on their 2011 School Progress Reports, slightly below last year’s 38 percent, the Department of Education announced on Oct. 24. The percentages of C and D schools rose a bit, while the number of Bs was nearly unchanged.

Editorial cartoons | October 13, 2011 >>
News stories | October 13, 2011 >>

Progress reports for elementary, middle and K-8 schools, released on Sept. 23, were relatively stable this year, though the Department of Education decided to double the number of schools receiving a D or an F.

News stories | September 22, 2011 >>

New York City’s Teacher Data Reports will be going the way of the dodo bird, following a Department of Education announcement on Sept. 15. The DOE said it would no longer produce the reports and instead turn that part of the teacher evaluation process over to the state.

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