The state Education Department this week released long-delayed teacher- and principal-evaluation results from the 2012-13 school year for school districts and schools, but not for individual teachers.
A state website -- https://data.nysed.gov -- provides the numbers and percentages of teachers and principals who received each of four ratings: highly effective, effective, developing and ineffective.
The website provides overall results for counties, districts and schools and allows users to filter the information by teachers' grades and subjects.
But users won't find teachers' names. A state law enacted in 2012 prohibits the general release of individual teachers' evaluations. Only parents and guardians can request to see the previous year's rating of a child's current teacher.
Overall, about 94 percent of the 125,956 teachers outside of New York City were rated effective or highly effective, while 5 percent were deemed developing and just 1 percent were ineffective.
The Education Department released statewide results last year for 2012-13, the first year most school districts used the state's new, much-debated evaluation system. Results for districts and schools were supposed to be released early this year but the process was slowed by officials needing to make sure that a public database would follow the new law and not inadvertently reveal teachers' protected information.
"We had to make sure the privacy protections guaranteed in the law were adhered to," said department spokesman Jonathan Burman.
The new database will not provide results for a school or a grade if there are so few teachers that an individual teacher's scores could be revealed.
Evaluation results for the 2013-14 school year should be released much sooner, possibly by December, officials said.
The evaluation system -- widely known as the APPR for "annual professional performance review" -- has been one of the most controversial components of the state's reform agenda. Twenty percent of a teacher's or principal's evaluation is based on how students progress on state tests or other measures, a means of assessment that has been widely debated across the country.
Initially, tenured educators who received two consecutive "ineffective" or "developing" ratings were supposed to be subject to an expedited hearing process that could lead to firing. But the Legislature in June adopted a two-year "safety net" that will temporarily prevent educators from being dismissed because of student results on state tests.
NYSUT, the statewide teachers union, fought hard for the delay and has promised to seek other changes to the evaluation system.
Under the system, 60 percent of each evaluation is based on classroom observations and 20 percent on district-chosen assessments