The state’s largest teachers’ union blasted the release of test scores for teachers, saying that despite the good grades, “Students and teachers are more than a score.”
Nearly 92 percent of teachers were rated highly effective or effective in the first year of a new evaluation system, the state announced today.
“The state’s rushed implementation of Common Core and last April’s testing debacle call into question the use of these scores in any high-stakes decisions affecting individual teachers or students,” Iannuzzi said in a statement.
The union has called on the state to enact a three-year moratorium on using student testing to determine teachers’ own evaluations.
“SED must turn its attention away from its obsession with testing and back to its responsibility for providing the time, tools, resources and professional development needed to achieve the potential of the Common Core,” Iannuzzi said. “Contrary to the commissioner’s statement, the state must listen to parents’ and teachers’ call for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences to allow the time to get it right with Common Core implementation and to restore public confidence in New York’s public education system.”
State Education Commissioner John King said earlier today that he hopes the high scores will diffuse criticism of the testing. He is touring the state starting Thursday in Albany to talk to parents about the Common Core standards. He had cancelled four public forums earlier this month after he was shouted at during an event in Poughkeepsie.
“Certainly the fears that the evaluation system was a ‘gotcha system’ or that the change in the state assessment was going to result in huge numbers of teachers in the ineffective category, obviously those fears were unfounded,” King said.