MORE/New Action Joint Resolution for March 23, 2016
Resolution on Delinking Testing from Evaluation
WHEREAS the US Department of Education’s Race to the Top forced states to adopt teacher evaluation schemes that included the use of student test scores, and
WHEREAS New York State adopted a new teacher evaluation scheme that incorporates student test scores, and
WHEREAS the test score component of a teacher’s evaluation is arbitrary, and varies more school to school than teacher to teacher, and New York State has refused to reveal how the test score component of evaluations are calculated, and in a decade of using such scores (including previous schemes) such schemes have shown no evidence that they can work, and
WHEREAS President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing No Child Left Behind and dropping the requirement that test scores be used in teacher evaluation, and
WHEREAS the New York State Board of Regents voted for a four year moratorium on using Common Core tests as part of teacher evaluation, therefore be it
RESOLVED that UFT opposes the use of test scores to evaluate teachers, and be it further
RESOLVED that UFT and its locals will use traditional media and social media to publicize this stance, and be it further
RESOLVED thatv UFT will communicate this opposition to NYSUT, AFT, and locals across New York State and be it further
RESOLVED that UFT will urge NYSUT to use the period of the four year moratorium to lobby for a change in New York State Education law to remove student test scores from teacher evaluation in New York State.
Note this resolution was raised by New Action at the UFT Executive Board and it was not allowed to be voted on by Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus.
Amendment to Resolution in Opposition to State Receivership
…and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT make repeal of the anti-teacher, anti-union, anti public school Education Transformation Act of 2015 and education law 3012c a main 2016 legislative goal in Albany and plan significant rank and file actions around this objective while urging NYSUT to do the same.
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