- Michael MulgrewUFT President
Teachers Demand UFT Reject Bloomberg's New Testing Regime
On May 23, 2011, the New York Times in a front page article reported that the Bloomberg administration had contracted to have tests developed that would add up to eight standardized tests per year for high school students on top of the Regents and a number of tests per year for elementary and middle school students. The tests sole purpose would be to evaluate teachers. This Bloomberg Administration initiative comes from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) agreement a year ago to allow up to 20 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on standardized tests of the children they teach. However, per the agreement, the UFT has the right to reject any testing regime. We teachers, members of the UFT, demand the UFT reject this new testing regime as harmful to the students and incapable of producing any accurate measure of teacher efficacy.
- UFT President
We, members of the United Federation of Teachers, demand our union leadership reject the testing regime that New York City is creating which will impose, according to the New York Times of 5/23/11, up to eight additional standardized tests on high school students per year as well as additional tests for elementary and middle school students.
We further demand that any testing regime for students created by New York City for the purpose of teacher evaluation be brought before the UFT membership for a vote prior to the UFT leadership either rejecting or accepting any such testing regime.
We make these demands because:
--unnecessary testing harms children;
--the testing contemplated cannot reflect a teacher's efficacy according to multiple reputable experts and studies; and
--democracy cries out for our voice to be heard before our union speaks in our name.
We want no more mistakes like that in which the UFT agreed to link 20 percent of our evaluations to tests that cannot do what they purport to do and that will be used as bludgeons against us while placing ridiculous burdens on innocent students and straining public education to the breaking point.
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