NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Department of Education has issued a letter to state officials, outlining its teacher training and evaluation goals and the steps taken to put them into action.
The memo sent Monday came after a warning by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month, in which he said if the city and the United Federation of Teachers could not reach a deal on teacher evaluations by September, the state would impose one.
New York City was one of few districts around the state that failed to meet a deadline to come up with a teacher evaluation system.
The city stood to lose hundreds of millions in grants if it doesn’t reach a deal on evaluations. It has already lost $250 million by missing the first deadline.
State Commissioner of Education John King had asked for the information in a letter to the city last month, warning of the additional lost aid.
The city said its evaluation plans included topics such as the implementation and use of student feedback surveys as well as specific considerations for teachers who are dealing with students who are English language learners and students with disabilities. Training goals included job-embedded professional development, as well as webinars and other resources.
The city DOE said it had also started putting together means of assessing students’ learning in core subject areas.
The United Federation of Teachers said it was reviewing the memo. The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators declined comment.
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