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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2012
For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

www.nysed.gov

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Commissioner King: 164 School Districts Have Submitted Negotiated Evaluation Agreements

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced that as of 12:00 noon today (July 2) 164 school districts have submitted negotiated teacher and principal evaluation agreements to his office for review.  The agreements are mandated under the revised teacher and principal evaluation law passed earlier this year (Chapter 21 of the Laws of 2012).

The State Education Department (SED) created and manages an on-line portal for school districts to submit evaluation agreements that have been negotiated with local teacher and principal unions.

King said that while the deadline for submitting evaluation agreements was July 1, he recognized the complexity of the negotiations. 

"This is a sea change in education," Commissioner King said.  "It’s not just about an increase in education aid.  We’re trying to improve teaching and learning in every school across the state.   The goal is to make sure every student graduates from high school with the skills needed to succeed in college and careers.  Fair, accurate evaluations are an important step to help educators help our students meet that goal."

King said he would update the number of negotiated agreements submitted periodically.  Alist of the districts that have submitted negotiated agreements to the on-line SED portal is attached.