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186 districts submit teacher, principal evaluation agreements to state

Negotiated teacher and principal evaluation agreements have been submitted to the state Education Department by 186 school districts in the state.

The agreements are mandated under a law passed earlier this year, and adoption of an evaluation system is required to be eligible for certain state money. Districts could lose out on aid if they don't have plans implemented by 2013.

Evaluation agreements were supposed to be submitted to the state by July 1, but state Education Commissioner John King Jr. previously released a statement saying he recognized some districts might blow the deadline.

"This is a sea change in education," King said. "It’s not just about an increase in education aid. We’re trying to improve teaching and learning in every school across the state. The goal is to make sure every student graduates from high school with the skills needed to succeed in college and careers. Fair, accurate evaluations are an important step to help educators help our students meet that goal."

Agreements are still needed at a number of Capital Region school districts, including the Saratoga Springs City School District and the Shenendehowa School District. Districts that have reached agreements include the Schalmont Central School District and the Schenectady City School District.

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