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News stories | February 7, 2019 >>
In a huge victory for the UFT, both houses of the state Legislature on Jan. 23 voted overwhelmingly to end the requirement that state test scores be used in evaluating teachers in New York State.
President's perspective | February 7, 2019 >>
Between our recent collective bargaining on teacher evaluation and this latest bill, we’re moving toward a system that no longer makes test scores the focal point of teacher evaluations. It’s all part of recasting the evaluation system as an opportunity to support the professional growth of teachers throughout their careers.
Press releases | January 23, 2019 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the state Senate's passing of a bill that eliminates the requirement that state tests be used to evaluate teachers.
Know your rights | September 6, 2018 >>
Teachers covered by the DOE’s “Advance” system should have received their final rating for the 2017–18 school year by the start of the school year. Find out how the rating was calculated and what your options are if you received an Ineffective or Developing rating.
Know your rights | July 5, 2018 >>
Under Measures of Teacher Practice, teachers engage in a cycle of observation, feedback and reflection with their principal or other evaluator. Here are some things you should know about this component of your rating.
News stories | July 5, 2018 >>
Brooklyn teachers rallied outside state Sen. Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge on June 1 to try to change his mind — and his opposition — to the state bill to sever the mandatory link between students’ state test scores and teacher evaluations.
President's perspective | June 7, 2018 >>
Albany is finally devising a teacher evaluation system that does not hinge on how their students — or, in many cases, how students in their school whom they don’t even teach — perform on high-stakes state tests.
News stories | June 7, 2018 >>
A bill to uncouple standardized test scores from teacher evaluations and delete them from students’ permanent records may be close to being approved by state lawmakers.
News stories | January 5, 2017 >>
Chancellor Farina and UFT President Mulgrew on Dec. 21 announced an agreement that aligns the city’s teacher evaluation system with the changes made in a 2015 state law while moving to incorporate more authentic assessments of student learning.
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
A recent arbitration ruling with significance for more than 5,000 teachers reinforces the UFT position that principals must conduct separate pre-observation and post-observation conferences when formally observing UFT members who are still rated under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system.
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
Here are some key points to help teachers prepare for their Initial Planning Conference with their supervisor.
National education and labor news | October 6, 2016 >>
A judge in Northern California refused to mandate the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations.
News | August 31, 2016 >>
For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective for the 2015-16 school year, there is a process in place to appeal the rating.
Info you should know | May 5, 2016 >>
Grades 3-8 English language arts and math state assessments will not be used as part of teachers’ evaluations this year and the next three school years. There is no change for high school teachers.
In a move that few would have predicted a year ago, the State Board of Regents on Dec. 14 voted nearly unanimously to eliminate state-provided growth scores based on state standardized test scores from teacher evaluations for four years.
President Obama on Dec. 10 signed into law major legislation that dials back the federal role in public education and bars the federal government from tying teacher evaluations to test scores.
National education and labor news | January 7, 2016 >>
A New Mexico judge has temporarily barred schools from using the state’s controversial test-based teacher evaluations to make personnel decisions.
Kishayna Hazlewood, a 3rd-grade teacher at PS 156 in Brownsville, said she "was able to bring the story of the child into the conversation" in her work on the Common Core task force convened by Governor Cuomo.
President's perspective | January 7, 2016 >>
The days of test and punish are over. After a disastrous experiment with the Common Core standards — implemented without proper curriculum or teacher training — New York now has a chance to get things right.
Chapter news | October 5, 2015 >>