“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”

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”

The New John King Math: 40% = 100%

This new school year will be the first time that teachers in NYC will be evaluated using the evaluation system imposed by State Education Commissioner John King. Under the new system every teacher will receive a score ranging from 0 to 100 and this number will determine if the teacher is deemed Highly Effective, Effective, Developing orContinue reading “The New John King Math: 40% = 100%”

Protest HIGH STAKES TESTING and Putting Back the ‘PUBLIC’ in Public Education

Whether or not your children took the state tests, please join a rally in front of Tweed on FRIDAY 4/26 at 4pm to protest the ways that high-stakes testing is robbing our children of a decent education!  BRING THE KIDS! RALLY  CLEANING UP the MESS of HIGH STAKES TESTING and  Putting Back the ‘PUBLIC’ inContinue reading “Protest HIGH STAKES TESTING and Putting Back the ‘PUBLIC’ in Public Education”

DOES MICHAEL MULGREW BELIEVE THAT OUR TEACHERS’ WORKING CONDITIONS ARE OUR STUDENTS’ LEARNING CONDITIONS?

Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions. This has been MORE’s stance since our inception. We understand that there is a relationship between the erosion of our rights as workers and the erosion of quality education in our city over the past 10 years. A few days ago, on the UFT website, Michael Mulgrew usedContinue reading “DOES MICHAEL MULGREW BELIEVE THAT OUR TEACHERS’ WORKING CONDITIONS ARE OUR STUDENTS’ LEARNING CONDITIONS?”

Post-Mortem: The Non-Deal Between the UFT and DOE

The passing of the January 17 deadline for a new evaluation agreement is not an ending but a beginning. Now the DOE will work overtime to spin doctor the failure to reach an agreement on new teacher evaluations, mandated by New York State’s version of Race to the Top, as the fault of Michael MulgrewContinue reading “Post-Mortem: The Non-Deal Between the UFT and DOE”