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How many teachers did the state rate "ineffective"?

The state Education Department announced today that it has finished its ratings of thousands of teachers and principals in New York, based on student scores on state assessments. Those ratings have been released to district officials, but not to the public.

These state "growth scores" account for 20 percent of some teachers' evaluations for 2011-12 -- essentially, for people who teach fourth- to eighth-grade math and English. (Those are the subjects for which the state tests students every year and can, therefore, determine how much a student improved from one year to the next.)

About one in six teachers statewide will have the state growth score count toward their evaluation for 2011-12, according to a statement released by State Ed.

For the 33,129 teachers across New York who received a state growth score:

- 7 percent were deemed highly effective
- 77 percent were effective
- 10 percent were developing
- 6 percent were ineffective.

The picture was similar for principals:

- 6 percent highly effective
- 79 percent effective
- 8 percent developing
- 7 percent ineffective.

Under a state law passed this year, individual teacher ratings will not be released to the public, although parents will be able to get the rating for their children's teachers.

In the fall, the state will release aggregate data to the public, on a schoolwide and districtwide basis, but the ratings for individual teachers and principals will not be released.

- Mary Pasciak

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