Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Workforce - Ranking Teachers on Their Students' Artistic Merits: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Workforce - Ranking Teachers on Their Students' Artistic Merits: News

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New York City could hire and fire on progress in sport and art.

Teachers in New York City could be employed and dismissed on the strength of their students' progress in subjects including physical education and art, under plans announced this week.

Last year, the city's Department of Education introduced a highly controversial system that ranks individual teachers on the basis of their students' standardised test scores. The decision to publish the rankings in The New York Times led to a bitter dispute between education officials and the United Federation of Teachers union.

Now new proposals are taking things further. In future, a teacher's ranking will be determined not just by standardised tests but by student progress in sport, art and foreign languages.

New York state education commissioner John King said the new assessments are all about helping "teachers teach better so students can learn better". He added: "The plan I am announcing today creates a multiple- measures evaluation system that is fair for teachers and principals. More important, it will help improve teaching and learning and give New York City students a much better opportunity to graduate from high school. …

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