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New York State’s Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to the Most Effective Educators 2014-15

In July 2014, Secretary Duncan announced that the U.S. Department of Education (USED) would ask each state to submit an updated plan describing the steps it will take to ensure that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers,” as required by section 1111(b)(8)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

New York State’s updated equity plan – “New York State’s Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to the Most Effective Educators 2014-2015EXTERNAL LINK – serves to outline strategies for how the State will continue to work with LEAs to ensure every student has equitable access to the most effective educators. The plan builds on historic measures of equity, now combined with analyses of educator effectiveness data, and applies lessons learned from the Department’s $83 million Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) competitive grant program intended to help applicants integrate evaluations into a coherent system of support for educators throughout their careers.

The Department believes that strong preparation programs, meaningful teacher and principal evaluation systems, professional development, and career ladder pathways, implemented as part of a comprehensive talent management system, will ensure equitable access to effective educators and will address achievement gaps.

To learn more about the state’s equity strategy, access the following materials:

Last Updated: September 15, 2015