The Daily News calls it a step in their direction. That should worry everyone as their ultimate goal is to end the profession essentially. The News wanted every teacher's rating to be published with their name so they could shame us. Research and experience show that teachers count for only a very small percentage of student performance but the new teacher rating system when negotiated between the city and DOE will make 40% of our annual rating based on growth of student achievement so the new rating system will be a flawed way to judge teachers. The News and NY Post couldn't care less nor could Mayor Bloomberg.
The UFT is claiming a win because the new law doesn't go as far as the News, the Post and Bloomberg wanted. Since the legislation will only allow a parent to find out how his/her own child's teacher was rated and the public will receive the data with names redacted, this is a big gain according to the UFT. My friend Jeff Andrusain did a little analysis and sent this to ICE Mail:
No protection at all. Another "victory" for Unity.
Board of Ed puts out "redacted info", parents add their "confidential" info to this and within a short time all is public. All you need is one parent from one class or maybe two classes to figure out the rest. Not too hard for a zealous reporter or a "concerned" parent or PTA.
Mulgrew and company tell us this is a victory.
We all believe him.
I love my union.
What more can I say?
For further analysis, check out the Accountable Talk blog.