Urge the state not to rush a new teacher evaluation system until it's ready and has parent input!
  • Petitioned Merryl Tisch

This petition was delivered to:

Chancellor of the Regents
Merryl Tisch
Commissioner of Education
Commissioner Steiner
Lester W. Young Jr.
President, UFT
Michael Mulgrew
Geraldine Chapey
James O. Jackson
Charles R. Bendit
Kathleen Cashin
Anthony Bottar
Vice chancellor
Milton L. Cofield
Chancellor emeritus
Robert M. Bennett
Christine Cea
Betty A. Rosa
Roger Tilles
Harry Phillips
James R. Tallon Jr.

Urge the state not to rush a new teacher evaluation system until it's ready and has parent input!

    1. Petition by

      Class Size Matters

       In response to Mayor Bloomberg's pressure to eliminate seniority protections for teachers , Gov. Cuomo has introduced  legislation to impose a new teacher evaluation system next year.  It is good that he has resisted the mayor's pressure, since study after study shows that teaching experience matters in terms of student outcomes, and installing an alternative system of layoffs based largely on arbitrary ratings would undermine the professionalism of the teaching force and the quality of instruction in NYC schools.

        Yet the legislation that the Governor has proposed  that would rush into effect a new teacher evaluation system next year would do more harm than good., as many experts, including the National Academy of Sciences and the Economic Policy Institute, have warned of the potentially damaging consequences of implementing test-based teacher evaluation systems. 

         This danger was also revealed in a recent New York Times column that showed how an excellent NYC teacher is likely to be denied tenure and leave teaching altogether – a major loss to her school and its students – because of the unreliability of the test-based system.  Thus, any new teacher evaluation system must encompass multiple sources of evidence, including peer and principal input, parent and student surveys, and alternative assessments that include student work.

 Moreover, the Regents Task Force on Teacher and Principal Evaluation is almost exclusively composed of teachers and administrators, and does not appear to have a single public school parent on it.  Nor does it include any experts on statistics and testing.

Please sign our letter, urging the Gov., the Regents, Commissioner Steiner and the Legislature, with a copy to Michael Mulgrew of the UFT,  to delay implementing any new teacher evaluation system until we can be sure that it is thoughtfully devised and carefully piloted, with numerous safeguards to ensure that excellent teachers are not mistakenly denied tenure or other job protections.

We also ask that parents be appointed to the taskforce, along with independent experts on testing and statistics who are not under contract to either SED or DOE. 

After signing, please forward to your friends and post to your Facebook page.

Thanks, Class Size Matters and Time Out from Testing

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    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Colleen Siegel BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Teachers are not the problem.

      Teachers welcome sensible, observation based evaluations.

      The problem is a lack of adequate funding for education.

      The people responsible for that problem, the politicians, deflect public attention from their failings by targetting the teachers.

      There are villians in this scenario.

      Mr. Cuomo please be the politician to stand up and end the charade. Have the guts. That's the real way to win. Stand up for the kids. Get us the funding. Tell Wall Street it has to pony up. It will survive just fine.

    • Valerie McPherson ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Please realize of what I speak. I taught in NY city schools for 30 years!

      Easy answers are not often sensible answers.

    • Odessa Peterkin ST. ALBANS, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      please delay the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system until such a plan has been throughly evaluated as SO MANY Lives and Careers are at stake!

    • Dan Drmacich WEBSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Please rely upon research and expertise when making this decision. Any attempt to do otherwise, would continue to de-professionalize teaching.

    • Toby Horowitz BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      How we evaluate our teachers is important. A thoughtful and balanced evaluation requires input from several sources. This process needs time to figure it out and get it right.


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