Look for the newspapers to complain, the education reformers to howl with disgust, and the displeased Governor to demand a more stringent teacher evaluation system, since few teachers can be fired on the first round of evaluations. Teacher season is just beginning with the second term of the Governor and a new NYSED Commissioner who's mandate from the Governor will be to go after teachers and not to help the students who will suffer with "high stakes" Common Core tests that they are ill prepared for and "Junk Science" for teacher evaluations.
In fact, Tisch is already signaled these numbers show the APPR teacher system needs to be "strengthened":
"The ratings show there’s much more work to do to strengthen the evaluation system,” Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the Governor, Legislature, NYSUT, and other education stakeholders to strengthen the evaluation law in the coming legislative session to make it a more effective a tool for professional development.”
In short, they want to fire more teachers, this round didn't give them a high enough number of "ineffectives."
But here's a question I have:
What percentage of "ineffectives" on the APPR ratings would make Tisch, Cuomo and the other merry reformsters happy?
We keep hearing stuff like this from the deformers that makes me think they'll only be happy when the system is churning out 70% "ineffectives (this comes from a CBS piece entitled "Most New York Teachers Rated Effective Despite Poor Test Scores," so that should give you an indication of the frame for the story):
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch points to the contrast between poor student performance on standardized tests and how their teachers and principals fared in evaluations.
Evaluations are based on student performance on state tests, locally approved measures and classroom observation.
Executive director of StudentsFirstNY, Jenny Sedlis, spoke with 1010 WINS and said when all teachers get good evaluations but the students are learning just at grade level, there is an issue.
“In New York State, roughly a third of our kids are reading and doing math on grade level, but every teacher is considered good or better on the evaluation system and that just doesn’t compute,” she said.
“Parents deserve a teacher evaluation system that’s honest and that sets the bar high,” Sedlis said.
Clearly they want the APPR ratings to track test scores - if 70% of students "failed" the new Common Core tests that Tisch and Company rigged for that number, than 70% of their teachers ought to be rated "ineffective."
Expect them to "strengthen" the evaluation system by rigging it so that the APPR ratings more closely track test scores.
They may not rig it to get 70% ineffective next year, but you can bet they'll rig it so that there's a much higher percentage of "ineffectives" and "developings" both statewide and in the city.
Education reform in a nutshell - they rig the Common Core test scores for 70% failing, complain when the teacher evaluation ratings don't mirror that number, then come back to rig the teacher ratings too.