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Feedback Desired on the Draft of New York State Teaching Standards

This is an invitation to provide feedback on the current draft of N.Y.S. Teaching Standards that was discussed by the Board of Regents at its October meeting. These Teaching Standards will establish a common language that spans the continuum of teaching experience, from the beginning teacher’s clinical experience, the teacher’s induction experience, the established teacher’s evaluation and professional development and the identification of the highly effective teaching skills of the master teacher. When final standards are approved by the Board of Regents they will be used to inform state teacher preparation programs, the development of performance based assessments for initial and professional certification for classroom teachers, revision of the annual professional performance review (APPR) for teachers, teacher professional development plans and the creation of a teacher career ladder.

As a winner of the Race to the Top competition, New York has taken a significant step towards increasing the effectiveness of its teachers and leaders. New York will develop statewide measures of effectiveness using growth in student achievement as a significant factor and as part of multiple measures to evaluate teachers and principals, local educational agencies, and teacher preparation programs. In June 2010, new legislation was enacted that prescribes an annual evaluation process for classroom teachers and principals, that includes measures of student achievement. The legislation also requires the establishment of a State Advisory Committee, (known as the “Regents Task Force on Teacher and Principal Effectiveness”) composed of individuals representing teachers, principals, unions, superintendents of schools, school boards, higher education partners, and other stakeholders. The Regents Task Force will work together to define student growth, multiple measures of teacher evaluation, and other important elements relating to the annual professional performance review of teachers and principals.

The Regents Task Force on Teacher and Principal Effectiveness will be informed by the NYS Teaching Standards, and current research on teacher evaluation systems, including several current teacher evaluation pilots that are ongoing within the state. One pilot is the Measure of Effective Teaching (MET) project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to identify what measures of teacher evaluation can be directly correlated to student achievement. Another pilot is by The New Teacher Project, which is piloting a dynamic teacher evaluation system that will track effectiveness and desired outcomes. The Task Force will also be informed by the NYSUT Innovation Fund project to pilot a new comprehensive teacher evaluation system that will identify multiple measures to be used under a model teacher evaluation and peer support system. The Regents Task Force will recommend to the Commissioner measures of teaching and principal evaluation that will clearly define levels of teaching practice throughout the state.

The department is posting the draft of New York State Teaching Standards, prepared by the Teaching Standards Workgroup for public feedback. If you are unable to access the draft online, please contact Jenese Gaston at

Public comment is an essential step in the development of teaching standards. We hope to generate discussion among teachers, professional education organizations, teacher preparation programs, and other community forums. We seek feedback from all stakeholders: not only from teachers, school administrators and pupil personnel professionals, but also from other members of the school community, students of teacher education programs, college faculty and administration, parent organizations, professional organizations, boards of education, parents, and interested members of the general public.

Thank you for taking the time to participate and provide feedback on the current draft of the New York State Teaching Standards.

Last Updated: November 22, 2010