The latest news coming out of the New York State Board of Regents is, as usual, very confusing. On one hand, the Regents voted 15-1 yesterday to remove the state (Common Core) test portion of teacher annual review for the next four years.
On the other hand, student test results on "local" exams remain as part of teacher ratings in this four year transitional period. That means half of each teacher's annual ratings will still be based on student grades on tests. For many of us, the local half was based on state exams but with a different group of kids being counted as compared to the state portion of our rating. Who knows how this will change under the new regulation?
While I don't know what "local" in this context means, I do know that instead of declaring a major victory, the NYSUT statement in reaction to the news was uncharacteristically not boastful. They called it only "an initial step." Reality Based Educator and the comments over at Perdido Street School aren't too pleased with the initial step.
The NYSUT Statement: