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08-25-2011, 09:03 AM
From NY1.com (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/education/145718/state-supreme-court-sides-with-teachers--union-on-evaluations) by Lindsey Christ:

The State Supreme Court ruled on the side of the state teachers' union Wednesday, saying that according to an existing law only 20 percent of teachers' evaluations can be based on standardized test scores.

The state is supposed to be rolling out a new teacher evaluation system that for the first time will include students' test score performance, but there has been a lot of disagreement over how much those scores should count.

Last spring, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted state test scores to count for up to 40 percent of teachers' scores.

The Board of Regents agreed but the state teachers' union quickly sued, saying those tests were only supposed to be 20 percent, according to the law.

The court sided with the union Wednesday, saying just 20 percent of teachers' grades can be based on how much their students improved, or failed to improve, on state tests.

The judge also ruled the Department of Education made it too simple for teachers to be rated ineffective.

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