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City Teachers Outperform Teachers In Rest Of State, State Data Finds

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Statistics released Thursday about how city teachers are performing show that they are outperforming teachers in the rest of the state. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.

Rating teachers based on standardized tests is controversial, yet it's a key piece of how they'll be judged going forward.

For two years now the state has been ranking teachers based on how much their students improve on elementary- and middle-school English and math exams, exams that changed completely this year. On Thursday, officials said city teachers did very well.

"We're getting great results in this first round of testing, much better than any other part of the state," said Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of the Department of Education.

Last year, the numbers were comparable, but this year, teachers here outperformed, with 11 percent rated highly effective, compared to 5 percent in the rest of the state.

On the low end, 7 percent of city teaches are "developing," compared to 13 percent elsewhere, and just 4 percent are ineffective, compared to 7 percent statewide. The majority of teachers, in both the city and state, are judged effective.

"It's real evidence that kids and teachers in New York City were doing strong work this past year, despite the hurricane, despite the bus strike," Polakow-Suransky said. "All those challenges, a new curriculum, a new test, they rose to the challenge."

One thing that's gone down is the teachers' opinion of their boss.

On Thursday, the DOE also released results from its annual survey of parents, teachers and students. For the past four years, teachers were asked to rate their satisfaction with the Chancellor, and this year, dissatisfaction is at a record high.

Fifty-seven percent of them said they were unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. That's a substantial one-year change, as 46 percent reported they were unsatisfied last year. It even tops the 54 percent dissatisfaction rate in 2011, during Cathie Black's brief, and notoriously unpopular, reign.

Among parents, however, 72 percent say they're satisfied or very satisfied with Walcott, a jump from 64 percent last year and the highest ever.

Popular or unpopular, Walcott said he has a team preparing for him to step aside January 1, when the next mayor's choice for chancellor will take over. Next year will be the first year that scores for city teachers will actually count.

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