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Why Do New York’s Poor Schools Have Lower-rated Teachers?

The first year of New York’s controversial, state-mandated teacher evaluation system shows a trend that is unsurprising to education experts: Teachers with the highest ratings tend to be in the more affluent school districts, while teachers with low ratings are more likely to be in poor districts.

A statewide analysis by Capital found that 64 percent of teachers in wealthy districts earned the highest rating of “highly effective,” compared to 38 percent of teachers in poor districts. And while only 1 percent of teachers in the wealthy districts were rated “ineffective” or “developing,” that number is 12 percent for poor districts.

The results will provide grist for special interest groups on opposing sides of controversial education issues.