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State education commissioner cites Schenectady's teacher evaluation plan as model

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Schenectady City School District's teacher and principal evaluation plan has been highlighted by State Education Commissioner John King Jr. as one of 10 model examples.

Plans are being submitted to the state as part of a revised teacher and principal evaluation law passed earlier this year. Since then, school districts slowly have been reaching local agreements on evaluation plans that are then submitted to the state for approval. Schenectady submitted its plan in the end of June and it can be seen below.

The 10 model examples have all been approved by the state, which has provided feedback to more than 100 other districts that submitted plans.

"These districts and their teachers and principals should all be commended for their hard work and commitment to excellence in completing this important task," King said in a statement. "I’m cautiously optimistic about the development, submission, review and approval of the remaining APPR plans. The model plans approved today come from districts and teacher and principal unions that rolled up their sleeves and got the job done. There is a lot of work ahead but these plans will help generate positive momentum for other districts to send us approvable APPR plans."

He added that districts that haven't reached an agreement on evaluation plans yet, must do so by Jan. 17, 2013, to receive their 2012-2013 state aid increase.

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