ALBANY - (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a deal has been struck on a new teacher evaluation system that he says will be a national model.

The agreement Thursday between the state and its largest teachers' union creates a statewide standard for evaluating teachers in districts outside of New York City. The deal fulfills much of a commitment the state made two years ago to enact reforms. It also frees up nearly $1 billion in federal education money that was linked to the reforms.

The New York State United Teachers union negotiated the deal with the state education department. A major sticking point had been the use of standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.

An agreement covering New York City's schools is still in the works.

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