Background

   

Great teaching is the key to a great education. Parents and students know this from experience, and decades of research have confirmed that when teachers succeed, students succeed too.

The New York City Department of Education’s (NYCDOE’s) highest priority is ensuring that we prepare our students to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers. New York State’s transition to the Common Core standards raises the bar for our students and underscores the power of high-quality teaching as a tool for helping students reach these higher standards. To support our students in meeting the demands of the Common Core, we must support teachers in continuously developing their instructional practice over time.

The NYCDOE is implementing Advance, the new system of teacher evaluation and development, across the City in fall 2013. Click here to hear a 30 minute pre-recorded presentation by Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky and Deputy Chancellor David Weiner on Advance.

Over the last three years, the NYCDOE has engaged in intensive work to prepare our educators for the adoption of a rigorous, multiple-measures educator evaluation and development system. Learn more about how NYC has been preparing for Advance, the new system of teacher evaluation and development.

Beginning in spring of 2013 the NYCDOE rolled out a robust system of supports Citywide to ensure that all New York City principals, assistant principals, and teachers are well-prepared to implement Advance in the fall of 2013. These supports, which will continue during the 2013-14 school year, build upon the momentum of, and are informed by, our two years of work on the Citywide Instructional Expectations and three years of teacher evaluation and development research studies. Learn more about supports for teachers and schools.