New York Gets C Grade in National School Policy Study


New York landed a humble C on a report card tracking teacher quality policies, but that still makes the state the 13th best in the U.S. — according to a study by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The just-released report bases its calculations on five factors, and tries to establish how well states maintain teacher quality.

To tabulate the score, the organization looks at profs’ preparedness, as well as how well states grow their pool of educators; how skillfully states figure out — and keep — effective ones; and how actively districts cull ineffective teachers from schools.

In 2009, New York scored a D+ ranking with the council.

The report credits New York’s grade to system-wide improvement in recruiting teachers, IDing good instructors, and getting rid of bad educators.

The analysis cautions that New York has gotten worse at keeping good teachers in schools — and has not improved teacher preparedness.

Still, compared to other states, New York’s rate of progress has been designated as “high.”

(The best and worst states, in case you were wondering: Florida and Montana, respectively.)

Wednesday’s news piggybacks recent intense discussions of proposed overhauls to the state education system.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg told Albany on Tuesday that he supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s school eval-based funding. Earlier that day, a teachers union announced an attack-ad campaign against the mayor, lambasting his school policies.