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Teacher Tenure Rates Down in New York City

Teacher Tenure Rates Down in New York City
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“The era of automatic tenure for teachers is over,” according to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, as quoted in a New York Times article that addresses the high standards now required for teachers in New York City public schools to attain tenure.

In order to be eligible for tenure, a teacher must complete three years on the job. This year, under strict standards, only 58% of eligible teachers received tenure. Five years ago, 99% received tenure, “mirroring statistics in school districts around the nation.” That number has begun to change, largely due to increased efforts to judge teachers based on performance rather than longevity.

Principals in New York City are responsible for evaluating teachers using a four-category system. Teachers are rated as highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective. The evaluations are based on “students’ test scores, classroom observations, feedback from parents, and other factors.” Only teachers who prove to be “highly effective” or “effective” are granted tenure. Most others are given another year in which to improve their teaching skills before being reevaluated. This year, a few were denied tenure, forcing them to switch school districts or look for new jobs.

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7:59AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Edward W. : Thank you for an excellent comment and the previous one brightened my day.

7:55AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Public school teachers should be evaluated by students, parents and peers. I see nothing wrong with having cameras in the classroom to monitor teachers and students. Reward good teachers with higher salaries based on how much effort they put into their teaching. Fire the lazy, apathetic and psychotic ones. Scrap both the tenure system and the self-serving, politically motivated unions who disingenuously claim "it is all about the children".

7:47AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

A lot of people are getting stressed out over the poll question. Look at it this way. The Care2 poll section is automatically set up to ask yes/no questions, not open-ended poll questions. So the writer just decided that in the comments section people could answer the question. Did that require too much creative thinking for you hotheads?

5:09AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

From Catherine....Most parents see the teacher as their own personal babysitter and the pupils think that as the teacher is paid for the job they can do as they like.

I soo agree with you....people have kids but do not want to take responsability for them...teachers,or the state is suppose to do it....

IF YOU WANT KIDS.....YOU TAKE responsability for them...NOT the teachers!

7:46AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

As to how... Possibly by a group of peers who had been determined to be excellent teachers by students, teachers, parents and admin - not by how many students pass a standard test or who writes a "perfect" lesson plan. Observed in the classroom actually teaching, the amount of actual learning by students and how they progress in later years, parent communications.

7:40AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Huh? HOW should we...? I can't answer that yes or no.

2:05PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011


6:24PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Maybe principals should go back into the classroom

5:14PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Then there are many of my colleagues who sadly ended up doing what I did...leaving before tenure even could become an issue. Catherine M. (above,) is unfortunately saying what many are feeling these days. To iterate: "Most parents see the teacher as their own personal babysitter and the pupils think that as the teacher is paid for the job they can do as they like.
The day will come when there will be very few teachers, because believe it or not the time and wage is not worth it."

4:27PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Tenure went out the window with the concept of education has gone awry in the U.S.

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