Should districts move forward on thinking about how to design their evaluation system within that the remaining 60 percent of evaluations that is not attributed to student achievement?
Yes, there are a number of pilots going on around the State. A number of districts have partnered with NYSUT through an AFT funded initiative to pilot different approaches to teacher evaluation; there is also a Gates foundation funded pilot in NYC. We encourage districts to continue to participate in such pilots until the Department promulgates regulations governing this portion of the evaluation. The Department anticipates promulgating regulations and providing guidance to the field on the new statewide teacher and principal evaluation system in late Spring 2011.