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NYC Department of Education Announces 2012-2013 TeacherTenure Decisions

08/27/2013

More Rigorous Standards Raise the Bar for Tenure for the Third Straight Year

53 Percent of This Year’s Eligible Teachers Were Granted Tenure, Compared to 97 Percent in 2006-2007

New York City schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced teacher tenure decisions for the 2012-2013 school year. For the third straight year, the bar for approval rose as a result of high expectations for teacher effectiveness. Of the 3,920 teachers who received decisions, 53 percent of teachers were approved tenure, compared to 55 percent in 2011-2012 and 97 percent in 2006-2007. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Department instituted a new approach to teacher tenure, asking principals to provide detailed evidence to support their recommendations. That has led to more rigorous reviews of those up for tenure.

“If you turned back the clock, tenure was an automatic right and not something earned. But that’s changed. We expect more of our teachers as we raise the bar for students like never before. I want to congratulate all those who were granted tenure,” schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said. “We are not only keeping our best teachers in City schools through our more rigorous tenure process, but coupled with our new evaluation system, Advance, we’re developing them into even better educators. We’ve made extraordinary strides in investing in our most important assets: those doing the challenging and invaluable work of teaching our children each and every day.”

Under state law, a teacher who has completed his or her “probationary period,” typically the first three years of teaching, is eligible to be granted tenure. Of the 3,920 teachers up for tenure decisions this year:
  • 53 percent of teachers had their tenure decisions approved, compared to 97 percent in 2006-2007. 
  • 3 percent had their tenure decisions denied, compared to 1 percent in 2006-2007.
  • 44 percent had their tenure decisions extended, compared to just 2 percent in 2006-2007
Of the 1,369 previously extended teachers in the 2012-2013 cohort: 
  • 50 percent received tenure 
  • 45 percent received another extension
  • 5 percent were denied tenure
Principals must support their tenure recommendations with evidence of a teacher’s effectiveness in the categories of teacher practice, student learning, and contributions to the school community. Principals collect data from classroom observations, quality of student work, progress on state assessments, attendance, and student and parent feedback, among other measures. Starting next school year, Advance, the City’s new evaluation system, will deliver even richer data to help principals support their tenure recommendation.