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Critics Question High Ratings on New York State Teacher Evaluations Amid Poor Test Scores

The evaluations, which cover the 2012-13 school year, are an expanded version of aggregate statewide results that were released in October. Those figures showed that 91.5 percent of New York State teachers were rated either highly effective or effective. On Thursday, that percentage was even higher, with 94 percent of teachers and 92 percent of principals rated in those top two tiers.

The results have prompted an outcry from critics who question how so many of the state’s teachers could be regarded so highly while so many of their students are performing poorly.