Updated 08/27/2012 11:31 PM
DOE: City Sees Slight Increase In "Satisfactory" Teachers
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About 97.4 percent of city public school teachers were rated satisfactory this year, which is a slight increase from last year, according to the Department of Education.
Just more than 2,000 teachers, or 2.6 percent, received an "unsatisfactory" rating, which is a slight decrease from 2.7 percent the previous year.
In a statement, the Department of Education says, "These results are further proof that we need a better teacher evaluation system in order to differentiate between the best teachers and those who could benefit from further development."
Under the current system, teachers are rated either "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory."
Tenured teachers need consecutive "unsatisfactory" ratings to be considered for dismissal.
Of those rated unsatisfactory this year, 27 percent received the same rating last year.
Attempts by the city and teachers' union to create a new evaluation system have been stalled.
The governor says the city will lose hundreds of millions in school aid if a new evaluation is not finalized by the end of the year.