Hoping to calm teachers’ fears about the state’s new, untested, and probably invalid teacher evaluation system, Commissioner John King announced that only 1% of teachers were rated ineffective.

NYC scores were omitted due to failure to reach agreement on time.

“ALBANY—More than 90 percent of teachers outside New York City have earned high ratings in the state’s first year of mandated performance evaluations, a fact that state education commissioner John King said “should” ease unions’ concerns about attaching “high stakes” to testing in a new, more difficult curriculum.

“King presented preliminary numbers to the state Board of Regents Tuesday morning, announcing that nearly 50 percent of teachers received a “highly effective” rating, which is the top score. Another 42 percent were deemed “effective,” with only 4 percent as “developing” and 1 percent as “ineffective.”

“Teachers who earn two consecutive “ineffective” ratings could be fired under the law. Those with “developing” or “ineffective” will be outfitted with an individualized professional development plan to help them improve.

“The state’s data includes evaluations of nearly 127,000 teachers. So, while about 117,000 teachers were rated in the top two categories, nearly 7,000 teachers got the lower ratings and will require professional development. The remaining teachers were not accounted for in those reports.”

Most researchers consider test-based evaluations to be invalid.