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After Heated Debate, NY Regents Finalize Teacher Evaluations

The details of New York’s new teacher evaluation law are now clear – mostly. After the law passed in the state budget, the Board of Regents and state Education Department had to figure out how heavily to weigh student test scores and when the changes would go into effect. The Regents disagreed with the department’s recommendations, made several changes, then voted on the rules earlier this week. SUNY New Paltz education researcher Robin Jacobowitz spoke with WSKG’s Solvejg Wastvedt and explained the Regents’ concern over the law. Solvejg Wastvedt: What were the Regents trying to accomplish with the changes they made?

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Regents Meet To Finalize Teacher Evaluations

New York’s Board of Regents meets Monday and Tuesday to finalize controversial new teacher evaluation laws ahead of a June 30 deadline. When legislators mandated the evaluation system in the state budget, they left out some details. Now the state Education Department is writing those rules, and the Regents will vote on them. At stake is how to weigh each part of the new evaluation. The parts include student test scores and classroom observations.