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New York lawmakers pass bill to end using state testing to evaluate teachers

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 18:51:02-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State lawmakers have passed a bill to alter the state's teacher evaluation process, which eliminates the "mandatory use of state assessments to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation."

Unofficial results show the legislation passed unanimously by the Senate and was also passed by the Assembly. The bill now heads to Governer Andrew Cuomo's desk to be signed.

According to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, under this legislation, school districts and teachers would be allowed to negotiate an effective and fair evaluation system to meet the diverse needs of their students and communities.

NYSUT President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on the passage of legislation:

“We applaud the Legislature for taking action to fix New York’s broken teacher evaluation system. After some lawmakers turned their backs on New York teachers at the end of the last legislative session, our members stood up, raised our voices and sent them packing. Now, we have consensus on the need to fix this system. We look forward to making sure this bill is signed into law immediately, and we will continue to advocate for a meaningful assessment system for New York students that will measure student progress more accurately and address the concerns raised by teachers and parents alike.”