Testing Can Not Measure Teachers’ Effectiveness

“What do we really know about high stakes testing? “There are several misconceptions that have led to the misguided policies that are having disastrous effects on public schools. Taken from a document that cites the work of researchers who are determined to help us come to a common understanding, these misconceptions have been categorized intoContinue reading “Testing Can Not Measure Teachers’ Effectiveness”

Buffalo Union’s Position on Evals: One to Emulate

by Geo Karo The Buffalo Teachers Federation is aggressively fighting a flawed evaluation system, over the system’s termination use of evaluations. On June 17 followed through with its threats, first made in April, to take legal action against the Buffalo Public Schools. The BTF filed a notice of claim against the BPS in State SupremeContinue reading “Buffalo Union’s Position on Evals: One to Emulate”

“Advance”: Teacher Evaluation and Parent/Teacher Solidarity in the Age of the High-Stakes Test

By Dan Lupkin Special Education Teacher & UFT Delegate P.S. 58, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Parents and teachers are often set against each other by politicians engaging in demagoguery and cynical “divide and conquer” tactics, but the truth is that our interests and passions are far more similar than they are different. What it boils downContinue reading ““Advance”: Teacher Evaluation and Parent/Teacher Solidarity in the Age of the High-Stakes Test”

“Advance” – The Movie

A very helpful video that explains the new evaluation system and provides suggestions for how educators should prepare themselves. A “must watch” for every UFT member! Created by John Elfrank-Dana Teacher/UFT Chapter Leader Murry Bergtraum High School Please sign MORE’s petition calling for a moratorium of the new teacher evaluation system Online here Print andContinue reading ““Advance” – The Movie”

The New Evaluation System: Teachers and Students are More than a Test Score

This post is an expanded version of our Newsletter article. To help distribute our newsletter please sign up here. State Education Commissioner King has imposed a new teacher evaluation plan that reduces each year of our teaching to a single number based largely on students’ test scores. Up to 10%  of teachers statewide may faceContinue reading “The New Evaluation System: Teachers and Students are More than a Test Score”

Petition-Moratorium on New Evaluations

MORATORIUM ON THE NEW YORK CITY TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM Please print out the above link and circulate in your school. You can email more@morecaucus.org to arrange for pick up and/or drop off. Petitions can also be picked up/droped off at any of our upcoming happy hours (dates/locations to follow), general meetings (9/21,10/19) and/or our brunch(10/5). We will have MORE members collecting/distributingContinue reading “Petition-Moratorium on New Evaluations”