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State Education Department proposes individual teacher evaluation

State Education Department proposes individual teacher evaluation
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ALBANY — The State Education Department proposed regulatory changes earlier this week that could help assuage the state’s teacher shortage.

The regulations would reinstate an individual evaluation pathway in certain certificate titles. These certificates would be for teacher candidates who have not completed an approved teacher education program, but have completed coursework and field experience.

According to a news release from SED, individual evaluation candidates would submit evidence of coursework and field experience, which is reviewed by the Office of Teaching Initiatives to determine if they meet the requirements.

The individual evaluation pathway was first approved by SED in 2003; evaluations were allowed to continue in all areas except for early childhood education, generalist in middle childhood education, English language arts and literacy.

The new regulations would reinstate the individual evaluation pathway for all those areas to create a larger pool of qualified candidates for school districts, many of which are struggling to fill those positions.

Comments can be emailed to REGCOMMENTS@nysed.gov until June 25.

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