On the just released state teacher evaluation 50% of teachers were "highly effective" and 41% "effective" with 1% "ineffective," these do include NYC, our plan just started, so, just maybe, teachers were overreacting .. On the grades 3-8 scores teachers in NYC scored considerably better than the rest of the state.
Take a deep breath, maybe the guys and gals who negotiated the plan on the union side knew what they were doing.
It must be swell to write this spin from the comfort of your living room, not having to step into a classroom and deal with the 22 Danielson competencies, worry about VAM, grade thousands of ELA "performance assessments" that will be used to evaluate PE, art, and vocational teachers, and deal with all the extra paper work and drudge work that has been added to our work lives without one extra dollar in compensation.
Speak to teachers who aren't members of the Unity/New Action chorus line and you will find out your spin won't go over so well with the rank and file working under this disaster. Morale is super low in my school, teachers who used to be apolitical about this stuff are angry as hell (and want to take it on the union leadership that agreed to this garbage as part of RttT), and even the few younger teachers who wanted a new evaluation system and once liked the Common Core reforms now think both ADVANCE and the Common Core suck.
The UFT leadership has been able to b.s. its way through previous sell-outs like the infamous '05 contract surrender. But your insularity, along with the insularity of the rest of the leadership, will not serve you well this time around. You can not b.s. people with spin and propaganda over ADVANCE and Danielson because everyone is living through this nightmare evaluation system and no one I know likes it - except for Mike Mulgrew and John King, of course. The more you defend it, the more out of touch you seem.
Leave your own responses in the comment section.
How do you feel about ADVANCE, Danielson, and Common Core?
Are you ready to take a deep breath and relax, as Goodman advises from the comfort of his retirement naugahyde recliner?