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N.Y. Teacher Evaluation Staffer Heads to U.S. Department of Education

Amy McIntosh, who has been working on teacher and leader effectiveness as a senior fellow in the New York Department of Education's Regents Research Fund, will be joining the U.S. Department of Education's office of planning, evaluation, and policy development in mid-January as a principal deputy assistant secretary. That's according to an internal email sent today by John King, New York's commissioner of education.

This appears to be Denise Forte's former role. For those keeping score at home, Forte served as a deputy assistant secretary in the office of planning, evaluation, and policy development, before becoming its acting assistant secretary, and then leaving to join Leadership for Educational Equity, a Teach for America spinoff focused on leadership development.

For most of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's first term, the policy office—which cooked up the administration's ESEA waiver plan, among other big policies—was led by Carmel Martin, who has since moved over to the Center for American Progress. Gabriella Gomez is now acting in that role. More here.

King said in his email that the New York education department will miss McIntosh's "talent and wise counsel." It's worth noting that even though New York is a Race to the Top winner, its teacher evaluation system has gone through some pretty big ups and downs—check out my colleague, Steve Sawchuk's story for more.

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