I would like to now speak with you about testing in teacher evaluations. With changes in state standards and testing coming on board in the next few years, now is the time to make significant changes to New York State's teacher evaluation system. Teacher evaluations should be returned to local control with no state mandates. With nearly 700 unique local school districts in New York State, a one size fits all evaluation system does not work. The overemphasis on testing has placed an unfair burden on students. Furthermore, changes in the federal law contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) eliminated the mandate for testing in teacher evaluations. The purpose of teacher evaluation should be teacher support and development so the children they serve have the best teachers possible. These changes are necessary to restore parents’ trust in the state education system. We urge you to work with us to make these statutory changes.
This works for me. The only problem is if teacher evaluation is returned to the local districts, NYC APPR would have to be negotiated between Michael Mulgrew and the Department of Education. We know how those negotiations inevitably turn out in favor of the city.
It is interesting to note that the NYSUT story refers to Pallotta as NYSUT Exeuctive Vice President, not as President.