ADVOCATE FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN TEACHER EVALUATIONS!

ADVOCATE FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN TEACHER EVALUATIONS!

Dear Chancellor Tisch, Vice Chancellor Bottar, and New York State Regents:

[signature]

126 signatures

Share this with your friends:

   

How would you like 50% or more of your child’s teacher’s performance evaluation to depend on one test?

It is common sense that a teacher’s “rating” should be determined by reviewing the long-term progress of his or her students.

That will not happen if the current emergency measures in place are made permanent.

Click for more information

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO ENCOURAGE THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS TO VOTE AGAINST RAISING THE WEIGHT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IN TEACHERS’ EVALUATIONS TO THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS EVER

Dear Chancellor Tisch, Vice Chancellor Bottar, and New York State Regents:

I respectfully request that at your meetings on September 16-17, 2015, you vote “NO” to making the temporary teacher evaluation plan (adopted in June) permanent.

It rests on you, as our state’s highest education policy makers, to stop this rushed plan, which will be harmful to our children’s education.

I urge you to take the time to create a teacher evaluation plan based on science, research, and best practices–rather than the current model, which places even more weight on testing and creates more stress for students and teachers alike without any improvement in the actual provision of education.

Thank you.

 

 

WHAT CAN WE DO? We will keep you updated on upcoming letter writing campaigns sponsored by the New York Suburban Consortium for Public Education which consists of representatives from 38 school districts with a common concern for the future of public education in the state of New York.

URGE NEW YORK STATE LEADERS TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS
Consider these important issues effecting New York State public education and our Irvington schools:

1 – LOSS OF LOCAL CONTROL OF OUR SCHOOLS: Allow our high achieving school districts the ability to decide the type of learning that we value as parents, teachers, and administrators.

2 – UNFUNDED OR UNDER-FUNDED STATE MANDATES: School Districts are required to meet dozens of expensive state mandates that deplete resources and are not exceptions to the Tax Cap. Additionally state aid that was frozen at the start of the recession has not been fully restored. Initially, federal relief covered the difference but with the recession over, local districts continue to make due. This state aid needs to be restored. End the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

3 – NEEDED REFORMS TO THE TAX CAP: As communities we expect high performing schools and responsible management of public funds. The promise with the implementation of the State Tax Cap was that is would impose responsible decision making. Unfortunately the calculation for the Tax Cap Levy currently pits support for educational programs and teachers against unfunded and under-funded mandates and required health and pension costs. These costs should not be part of the tax cap formulation.

4 – A FLAWED TEACHER PERFORMANCE REVIEW SYSTEM: Accountability and performance are important but the APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) system is deeply flawed and takes time away from teachers and administrators to do their job educating children.

5 – FIX THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS: Teachers and districts are being asked to implement dramatic changes to education too quickly and without sufficient support. Additionally, mandated state testing (“teaching to the test”) and the broken APPR system are undermining potential benefits to implementing a meaningful 21st Century education called for by Common Core Learning Standards. CCLS is meant to include and respect input and collaboration of teachers and local school districts. The state needs to stop hampering education with bureaucratic one size fits all mandates.

6 – DON’T MANDATE UNNECESSARY FIELD TESTS: Testing time in New York has increased dramatically for our children over the past several years. Requiring yet another mandatory test on top of the 7-9 hours of already mandated testing is simply not acceptable to New York parents.

It is also unacceptable that the burden of administering these tests falls on the public school system and not on Pearson, the for-profit company responsible for creating these tests.

Additional Background Information

PREVIOUS LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN UPDATE —

7 – MAKE STATE TEST RESULTS 100% TRANSPARENT:
Each spring, Our 3rd – 8th grade students take the new New York State mandated English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams. We are very concerned by widespread reports of deep flaws in these new tests, including testing above grade level, tests that are far too long, and the promotion of specific commercial products or brands.

BUILDING ON SUCCESS
This past spring, advocates for public education, including those in IUFSD, realized the first steps of success thanks to broad public participation in our regional PTSA letter writing campaign to make test results transparent. As a result of our local advocacy, the state increased the number of test questions that are released from 25% to 50%. This increase in transparency is helpful to our teachers and administrators in making meaningful assessments of test results, but it is just the start of what we need to achieve! We will continue to work for 100% transparency as part of our advocacy efforts.

advocacy_badge_small.jpg