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92 percent of NY teachers deemed effective or highly effective

Rochester, N.Y. -- On Tuesday, State Education Commissioner John King released the preliminary statewide teacher evaluation results.

New York City teachers were not included in the results.

Based on data submitted by school districts, 49.7 percent of teachers were rated "highly effective" and 41.8 percent were deemed "effective". Meanwhile 4.4 percent were rated "developing" and one percent got an "ineffective" score.

The results are striking, said King. The more accurate student proficiency rates on the new Common Core assessments did not negatively affect teacher ratings. Its clear that teachers are rising to the challenge of teaching the Common Core.

The controversial Common Core testing is tied to teacher evaluations because student test scores and classroom observations make up a big portion of how teachers are rated.

The Rochester City School District also released their preliminary teacher evaluation ratings to 13WHAM.

Of more than 2,300 classroom teachers in Rochester, two percent were rated highly effective and 58.3 percent were deemed effective. Also, 36.9 percent were rated developing and 2.3 percent were considered ineffective.

More than 650 teachers are appealing their ratings so these numbers could change.

Jody Siegle , the Executive Director of the Monroe County School Boards Association, says it isnt a surprise that most teachers were rated highly effective.

The reality is that a vast majority of teachers are very, very capable, Siegle said.

However, she warns that people should not read too much into the numbers.

The rating system is new and the truth is that each district created its own criteria for evaluating teachers, Siegle explained. There was a statewide law that said you had to do this within certain parameter, but each district did it differently. How the teachers are evaluated, what they were looking at, what were the comparable factors considered are different from district to district so this is not a statewide assessment.

Siegle believe it would be useless to compare one districts results to another. Plus, she says many teachers in certain districts are inherently at a disadvantage when it comes to their score.

There are many issues with the evaluation systems that still need to be worked on. We're very aware that in some communities students are transient that there are a significant number of students who are not native English speakers and they struggle with the language of the test and there are truancy issues, but you don't get to subtract that from the teachers evaluation.

The statewide teacher evaluation numbers were released just two days before Commissioner King was set to be in Rochester for the New York State School Boards Association convention.

Siegle says that Common Core and teacher evaluations will be among the topics discussed.

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