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District receives plan approval

October 29, 2012
The Leader Herald

ST. JOHNSVILLE - The St. Johnsville Central School District received state approval for the newly mandated teacher and principal evaluation plans.

On Oct. 22, the state Education Department informed the district its Annual Professional Performance Review plan had been approved.

In 2010, New York was awarded $700 million in federal Race to the Top education funding, which required the implementation of new teacher and principal evaluations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened to withhold state aid increases from districts that fail to implement approved evaluations by January 2013.

"The teachers, administrators and the Board of Education will work together collaboratively to implement this plan to ensure our students are college and career ready," St. Johnsville Superintendent Laura Lawrence said in a news release.

Under the plan, teachers will be evaluated, in part, on the percentage of students achieving proficiency and growth on state tests and local assessments. Teachers also will undergo classroom observations, some unannounced.



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