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Petitioning Chancellor of the Regents Merryl Tisch and 15 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Chancellor of the Regents
Merryl Tisch
Commissioner of Education
Commissioner Steiner
Regent
Lester W. Young Jr.
President, UFT
Michael Mulgrew
Regent
Geraldine Chapey
Regent
James O. Jackson
Regent
Charles R. Bendit
Regent
Kathleen Cashin
Regent
Anthony Bottar
Vice chancellor
Milton L. Cofield
Chancellor emeritus
Robert M. Bennett
Regent
Christine Cea
Regent
Betty A. Rosa
Regent
Roger Tilles
Regent
Harry Phillips
Regent
James R. Tallon Jr.

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

483
Supporters

       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


Letter to
Chancellor of the Regents Merryl Tisch
Commissioner of Education Commissioner Steiner
Regent Lester W. Young Jr.
and 13 others
President, UFT Michael Mulgrew
Regent Geraldine Chapey
Regent James O. Jackson
Regent Charles R. Bendit
Regent Kathleen Cashin
Regent Anthony Bottar
Vice chancellor  Milton L. Cofield
Chancellor emeritus Robert M. Bennett
Regent Christine Cea
Regent Betty A. Rosa
Regent Roger Tilles
Regent Harry Phillips
Regent James R. Tallon Jr.
As public school parents and concerned citizens, we would like to thank Gov. Cuomo for opposing the elimination of seniority protections for teachers in New York City.

Study after study shows that teaching experience matters greatly 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.

However, we fear that the legislation that the Governor has proposed to rush into effect a new teacher evaluation system for next year would do more harm than good. Our concerns are these:

1. Numerous experts, including from the National Academy of Sciences and the Economic Policy Institute, have warned of the potentially damaging consequences of implementing test-based teacher evaluation systems. The danger was also revealed in a recent NY Times column in which 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 a test-based system. 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.

2. 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.

3. The quick turn-around time needed to implement the proposed teacher evaluation system precludes the kind of well-considered design necessary to ensure teacher quality.

Thus, we urge you to delay the implementation of any new teacher evaluation system until we can be sure that it thoughtfully devised and carefully piloted, with numerous safeguards built in to ensure that excellent teachers are not mistakenly categorized and denied tenure or other job protections.

We further insist that a significant number of parents be appointed to the task force, along with independent experts on testing and statistics who are not under contract to either SED or DOE.

Any teacher evaluation system worthy of the public’s confidence must have meaningful input from parents and independent experts, as it is our children whose education that is most at stake.

Yours,