For Families

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE)’s highest priority is ensuring that we prepare our students to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers. Research and direct experience tells us that teachers have a greater impact on student learning than any other school-based factor.  

The NYCDOE is working to establish a fair, meaningful system of teacher evaluation and development that helps all teachers grow and advances our vision of an effective teacher in every classroom, for every student. At the heart of this work are more frequent classroom observations coupled with feedback and support that helps teachers to grow and improve in their practice, for the benefit of our students. 

Advance, the new system of teacher evaluation and development will take effect in New York City in September 2013. To ensure that all our educators are prepared for the new system, the NYCDOE is providing an array of training opportunities and on-the-job supports for teachers, assistant principals, and principals. Because of this, your child may notice some changes at school, such as school administrators visiting their classrooms more often.

To read more about these changes, please click here

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Please visit the links below to learn more about how the NYCDOE is supporting teachers and school leaders as we implement Advance in our schools.  



Read more about why New York City is changing its approach to teacher evaluation and development.

Learn more about how teacher Advance in our schools may impact your child’s experiences in school.

Explore research that shows the impact that teachers have on student success.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about teacher evaluation and development in New York City.

If you have questions or feedback about New York City’s Advance and how it impacts your child’s education, please contact your child’s school.