New York City education officials announced Thursday that they would end their effort to rank teachers based on their students’ standardized test scores, adding a surprise twist to one of the most contentious issues facing the city’s teaching force.
The city and union have been battling over the use of the Teacher Data Reports. When they were begun as a pilot program, city officials pledged to the union that they would not be used in high-stakes decisions, like termination, and that they would fight their release to the public. In their lawsuit, union officials say that dozens of reports are inaccurate, attributing the wrong students to teachers, and that they rest on invalid assumptions about how well a teacher should perform.
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