A federal education official warned Tuesday that if New York delays using student test scores as part of teacher evaluations this year, the state risks losing up to $292 million of a grant tied to making these reviews more rigorous.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have been meeting in recent days to find a way to postpone linking test scores to teacher ratings due to widespread complaints that the rollout of the Common Core standards was botched. Last year, students' scores plummeted on new state exams tied to the higher expectations.Ann Whalen, a U.S. Department of Education official who oversees implementation of what is known as Race to the Top, said by email that delaying using student growth on tests as part of teacher and principal evaluations would "undermine four years of hard work by the state's educators, school leaders and stakeholders.""Breaking promises made to students, educators and parents and moving backward on these commitments—including stopping the progress the state has made to improve student achievement—puts at risk up to $292 million of New York's Race to the Top grant for improving schools and supporting their educators and students," Ms. Whalen said.The warning was reported earlier by Chalkbeat New York, which covers education news.
The USDOE loves that famous "objective" evaluation system in New York that's based on Common Core tests scores that don't count for students but do count for teachers.
So what if the CCSS roll-out has been a mess?
So what if the EngageNY curriculum is garbage?
So what if the kids are being tested on material they've never seen?
New York teachers MUST be evaluated using the CCSS test scores or Arne Duncan is going to take away RttT money.
You know, that money that can't be used to lower class sizes or hire more teachers, but can be used to develop data tracking systems and buy tests.
Gee, it would be a shame if New York lost that money.