State releases educators’ ratings

The state Education Department released preliminary statewide composite ratings for teachers and principals this week.

The ratings result from new Annual Professional Performance Reviews instituted as part of the federal Race to the Top initiative. The results show 91.5 percent of the state’s teachers rate as highly effective or effective, according to the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services website.

Teachers who fell into the developing category make up 4.4 percent, while 1 percent rated ineffective.

While the scores are not considered public information, the ratings may be released to parents or guardians upon request, but only for their child’s current teachers and principal, the BOCES website states. A BOCES administrator will notify teachers about which parents have requested their effectiveness score, the website says.

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