The Wall Street Journal reports that New York State’s largest teacher’s union (NYSUT) has filed suit in Supreme Court in Albany  to block the State Education Department’s new evaluation protocol in which 40% of teacher’s rating could be based on their students grades on standardized testing.  The State believes that this process could eliminate ineffective teachers while the Union  believes that having 40% of the rating based on standardized tests is improper.  Read the NYS Teacher Rating story here. 

The New York Times reporter looked at the financial angle of school district finding ways to assess their using the  20% of the total evaluation at their discretion.  While wealthier districts would have the resources to design assessment protocols the less wealthy districts would probably have to raise evaluation scale to 40% based on the standarized testing.  Read the NY Times take on this NYS teacher evaluation lawsuit.