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Cobleskill-Richmondville board approves teacher evaluation plan

District hoping to avoid loss of 4-percent state aid increase

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The Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District expects its new teacher evaluation plan to reach the state Education Department this week. The district’s Board of Education met at 7 a.m. Wednesday to sign off on the plan in hopes of meeting a Jan. 17 deadline to avoid losing out on state funding. “I think we have a great plan. I’m very pleased with it. It was a collaborative, team approach,” district Superintendent Lynn Macan said. Gov. Andrew ...

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December 27, 2012
8:12 a.m.

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The article said, "Tenured teachers, who up until now have a full-class observation every three years, will have one annually."

That is incorrect. Prior to this new evaluation system, tenured teachers were observed 1X a year. Under this new evaluation system created by Gov. Cuomo tenured teachers are observed 2X a year. 1 of those times is unannounced.

For each observation, there is a pre-observation conference, observed lesson and post-observation conference with the teacher and administrator. That is three 40 minute blocks of time for each observed lesson. Much of an administrator's time will now be spent dealing with the new evaluation system and less time will be spent with the students.

NYS received $700 million from the federal government’s Race to the Top program. There are close to 800 school districts but the schools did not get a lot of money. I believe many local districts received $20,000-$50,000 to implement this new evaluation system. I recall reading that one charter school opted out of the new evaluation system and did not receive the $6,000 they would have gotten in Race to the Top money. I don't believe any charter schools decided to use the new evaluation system.