January 24, 2019

New York legislators overhaul teacher evaluations, removing mandatory link to state test

Read the entire article by Reema Amin on Chalkbeat New York.

State lawmakers easily passed a bill Wednesday that scraps the use of certain state tests when evaluating New York teachers, but even supportive lawmakers raised concerns about potential loopholes that could subject students to more high-stakes testing.

The union-backed bill is a reversal of a 2015 deal Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached with lawmakers, which tied teacher evaluations to performance on grades 3 to 8 math and English language arts tests, seen by many as a political move not rooted in education policy. Strong backlash over that deal led many families to opt out of state tests, and eventually led to a state moratorium on using certain state assessments for teacher evaluations.

Read the complete article on Chalkbeat New York.