A long-anticipated report from the State Education Department found more than 91 percent of teachers are rated as highly effective or effective. YNN's Maria Valvanis reports.
STATEWIDE -- The first set of numbers in the statewide teacher evaluations are out, and they rate 92 percent of teachers as effective or better.
"The numbers confirm what we said along, which is the evaluation system is not a 'gotcha' system, it's intended to support professional development," said New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King.
The ratings include all state educators outside of New York City. New York State United Teachers President, Richard Iannuzzi, said he isn't surprised by the high markings. However, he adds he is disappointed by the curriculum teachers were graded on.
"The State Ed Department continues to be fixated on standards and testing when they really should be focusing on teaching and learning," said Iannuzzi.
Sixty percent of the ratings are based on observations made by each district, and another 20 percent is based on objective measures also decided by districts. The last twenty percent is based on how well students are doing on the new controversial common core state assessments.
Iannuzzi said, "If you're going to use student tests to be part of multiple measures to point to teacher effectiveness, that student test should actually be based on what that teacher is teaching."
Dr. King said the high ratings should ease concerns from teachers, with only one percent of teachers being rated as ineffective. Student test results didn't negatively effect the numbers, and made it clear teachers are rising to the challenge of teaching the common core.
"The law requires for any teacher that is identified as ineffective or developing that teacher will get an improvement plan and over the course of the year will get support to improve their practice," said Dr. King.
Ratings on principals were also released. They show 87 percent of principals as being effective or better. Final numbers and data for each district is expected to be released later this year.