• Petitioned Jodi Rudoren

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Education editor of the NY Times
Jodi Rudoren
Managing editor of the Wall St. Journal
Almar Latour
Editor in chief, NY Post
Col Allen
Asst. News Editor of the Daily News
Carrie Melago
Editor in chief, Daily News
Colin Myler
Public editor of NY Times
Arthur S. Brisbane
Executive editor of the Wall St. Journal
Alan Murray

Do not publish the unreliable teacher data reports!

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      Class Size Matters

These reports, which rated 12,700 NYC teachers based solely on the 2010 test scores of their students, filtered through a complicated value-added formula, are seen by most experts as highly unreliable, based on false or incomplete data and include huge margins of error.
Even the panel of "technical experts" handpicked by DOE said they could not endorse the use of these for accountability, promotion or tenure" purposes, pointing out that "test scores capture only one dimension of teacher effectiveness,  they are not intended to serve as a summary measure of teacher performance" and that "there are likely to be additional factors not yet considered that influence student achievement."
There is no other profession in the public or private sector in which this kind of unreliable and potentially damaging information is made public, and the main effect would be to further undermine teacher morale -- already at an all-time low in this city.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Unfortunately, the papers did all publish the TDRs on Saturday.

      I will keep the petition going for for awhile longer anyway, so that the papers know what we think of their decision. check out my interview on WPIX news about this. thanks!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. teachers: please contact me asap

      If you have data missing or wrong from your teacher data reports. pl. email me at leonie@att.net This is important! thanks! Leonie

    5. Teacher data reports due to be released to media by DOE tomorrow!

      Please forward link to petition to your friends to sign; see also our latest blog post below pointing out large flaws in state tests!

    6. Teacher data reports due to be released to media by DOE tomorrow!

      Please forward link to petition to your friends to sign; see also our latest blog post below pointing out large flaws in state tests!

    7. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Chuck Vandenberg VICTOR, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This policy can only do harm; it can do no good.

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    • laura Taggart DELMAR, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The new 2012 tests are designed to promote failure . Poor question, misinformation in the press, including pilot questions in tests, 90 minutes is too long etc...

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    • Annette Orlando NEW CITY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      cause I'm a teacher and this is soooooo unreliable and especially unfair!!!!

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    • Rebecca Herbert AURORA, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      As parents we should be outraged that our children's teachers are being judged by one test score, rather than the daily growth we see in all of their work. Our children are more than a test score...our teachers are as well.

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    • Mindi Reich-Shapiro JERICHO, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Teachers should always be held accountable. However, they should be held accountable to reliable, authentic standards and evaluations. I teach in the education department of a NYC university. I do not know a single person who doesn't want to be held accountable. However, these reports and this evaluation system is seriously flawed. I teach research, and I would never, ever allow a student of mine to use data like this in a research report. For the NYT and WNYC to actually be publishing this data, knowing it is junk science, is unethical and irresponsible journalism. For shame

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